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Top 5 most progressive LGBT characters on TV
—> Number 1 Canton (Doctor Who.)
Canton is probably one of the most, if not the most progressive LGBT character I have ever seen. He is an openly gay, ex high level FBI agent living in the 1960’s. He told the Republican president of the United States to his face  that he wanted to marry his non white boyfriend. He stood his ground on his homosexuality even though it got him fired, and despite this, he never gave up or acted like a victim. Canton instead persevered with The Doctor and friends to help save the world. He is strong, loyal, and intelligent. The amazing thing about Canton is that his character is very unusual for a gay character. It’s extremely rare to see gay men casted as “the muscle” in entertainment. Canton defies every stereotype that the media places on gay men, which is why he is so progressive. He is proof that a man is much more than his sexuality, and that gay male characters can and deserve to be casted as badasses. 



Doctor Who made me realize that one of the things that makes me apeshit crazy angry at most modern sci-fi shows is the very comparmentalized heteronormative traits they have amongst their characters (I’m looking at you BSG). Really, everyone in your future vision is straight? In this future we solve all that? The token non-Hetero characters tend to only piss me off, don’t even waste my time with a character whose main purpose on the show is to be the gay one (or in the case of BSG, a character whose deviation from sexual norms were a major factor in her assisting in the termination of the human race). This is closely tied to my opinions of race portrayals on such shows; race and sexuality and gender are so much more varied and complex, give me people whose racial background is nothing I can easily guess, give me characters whose sexuality and gender are not so adherent to 1950s white American television standards. This character is so bad ass that it’s easy to forget that he’s a LGBT candidate if you’re not paying attention, it’s not amongst the strongest character traits for the part. Give us some real variety in your characters. I can understand that it’s harder to find actors whose racial or gender qualities are non clearly fitting into a proper assigned roles, but for sexuality, that is just as much a matter of how the character is written. It is scary to venture into new territory when you may face criticism, but venture anyway. Thank you Doctor Who writers for starting a path in that direction, and for doing it so well.

stickingupforsammy:

Top 5 most progressive LGBT characters on TV

—> Number 1 Canton (Doctor Who.)

Canton is probably one of the most, if not the most progressive LGBT character I have ever seen. He is an openly gay, ex high level FBI agent living in the 1960’s. He told the Republican president of the United States to his face  that he wanted to marry his non white boyfriend. He stood his ground on his homosexuality even though it got him fired, and despite this, he never gave up or acted like a victim. Canton instead persevered with The Doctor and friends to help save the world. He is strong, loyal, and intelligent. The amazing thing about Canton is that his character is very unusual for a gay character. It’s extremely rare to see gay men casted as “the muscle” in entertainment. Canton defies every stereotype that the media places on gay men, which is why he is so progressive. He is proof that a man is much more than his sexuality, and that gay male characters can and deserve to be casted as badasses. 

Doctor Who made me realize that one of the things that makes me apeshit crazy angry at most modern sci-fi shows is the very comparmentalized heteronormative traits they have amongst their characters (I’m looking at you BSG). Really, everyone in your future vision is straight? In this future we solve all that? The token non-Hetero characters tend to only piss me off, don’t even waste my time with a character whose main purpose on the show is to be the gay one (or in the case of BSG, a character whose deviation from sexual norms were a major factor in her assisting in the termination of the human race). This is closely tied to my opinions of race portrayals on such shows; race and sexuality and gender are so much more varied and complex, give me people whose racial background is nothing I can easily guess, give me characters whose sexuality and gender are not so adherent to 1950s white American television standards. This character is so bad ass that it’s easy to forget that he’s a LGBT candidate if you’re not paying attention, it’s not amongst the strongest character traits for the part. Give us some real variety in your characters. I can understand that it’s harder to find actors whose racial or gender qualities are non clearly fitting into a proper assigned roles, but for sexuality, that is just as much a matter of how the character is written. It is scary to venture into new territory when you may face criticism, but venture anyway. Thank you Doctor Who writers for starting a path in that direction, and for doing it so well.

(Source: yourfandomsucks, via thetardis)

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