This has been a difficult week for many of us, but LGBT Fans Deserve Better is still fully committed to supporting the LGBT+ community. Now more than ever, our fight is not over.
This was the premise and the driving force behind our movement. We know that when we struggle to make sense of the world, the stories we watch can change the way we feel, and the heroes we see on TV can fill the gaps left by the losses we encounter in our real lives. When the world feels unfriendly, media can help LGBT+ people find allies, role models, and idols of hope for a future where they feel safe and loved. This escape is critical in times of uncertainty, especially for those who may feel marginalized from their own families and communities.
In a divisive political culture, entertainment is also an essential tool to provide new perspectives and bridge the gaps between fractured communities, and shared stories are a bridge that can bring us all together in a sense of shared empathy and understanding. Michelle Obama may have summarized it best: “For so many people, television and movies may be the only way they understand people who aren’t like them.” – Variety
Many feel as though media has failed our community this year, and it must do better and realize its ethical responsibility to minorities. It needs to understand that stories matter and that they are powerful and not including the voices of minorities means they may not be heard at all. We believe that the results of the November 9th US elections illustrate the need for greater social cohesion, understanding, and compassion. Our stories have the power to change hearts and minds, and that is exactly why LGBT Fans Deserve Better will continue to raise awareness and advocate for positive representation in the media and hold creators accountable for the messages they send, using all of our platforms to drive the conversation for better representation.
We are also committed to aiding those in the LGBT+ community directly affected by fear and uncertainty, and through our ongoing fundraising efforts for The Trevor Project we aim to provide material support for those in need as well as spread the word about where help can be found if you or a loved one are in need.