Aired Sep 7, 2023
The Power of Media for Bi+ Youth
Youth-focused queer media is often seen as a taboo, with representations of bisexuality+ being especially rare. But in 2023, shows like Heartstopper, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, and more are showing us that bi+ representation in shows for younger viewers is possible.
Join us live Thursday, September 7th at 4:30 PM ET / 1:30 PM PT for our monthly episode of Something to Talk About Live! where we will be discussing “’‘I’m bi, actually’ | The disappointing biphobia at the heart of the Heartstopper fandom,” by Eleanor Noyce which appeared in Why Now. We are excited to have Mackenzie Harte, Vincent Paz-Macareno, and Percy Sobera joining the conversation.
Source: Why Now
Author: Eleanor Noyce
Questions for Discussion:
- How have you discussed LGBTQ+ issues with young people in your life? Has there been any media that has assisted you in those conversations?
- Why do you think there has been so much hesitation to include bisexual+ representation in youth programming? How can creators overcome that hesitation?
- What LGBTQ+ topics do you want to see explored more in youth programming? How do you think creators could explore some storylines to be more inclusive?
Bonus Resources: Check out “L.G.B.T.Q. Teens on ‘Heartstopper’: ‘I’m Fine With It Not Being Perfect’” from The New York Times by Simran Hans, and “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Ends With an Adorable Sapphic Romance” from Autostraddle by Heather Hogan.
About Our Guests:
Mackenzie Harte, Learning & Inclusion Manager, PFLAG National
Vincent Paz-Macareno, Board Member, Bisexual+ Resource Center
Percy Sobera, Digital Content Coordinator, PFLAG National
Something to Talk About Live is a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each month we offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter.