1. I use this term willfully to put into question its pejorative use by conservatives to discredit leftist critiques of the lack of representation of diversity. I think it is undeniable that a form of “PC culture” exists. I don’t believe it’s rooted in activism. To me, it is a means for capitalist profits; an instrumentalization that glosses over issues of marginalization in order to pique public interest. I will expand on this further in my introduction. [return to page 1]

2. I am referring here to this hypervisibility of LGBTQ+ storylines and characters creating a sort of saturation: not of queer images flooding visual culture but of what they could be of instead. I argue that this hypervisibility creates a sort of invisibility regarding the complexity of queer identities.

3. The SILENCE = DEATH Project comes to mind (Finkelstein, Howard, Johnston, Kreloff, Lione, and Socarrás, 1987), and its visual is still a symbol of queerness today. [return to page 2]


Joëlle Rouleau is supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

Thank you to all the authors, collaborators and reviewers who took this project to heart. Something is happening along these pages that will contribute to challenging, changing and queering scholarship on Television.

Thank you to my research assistants who have been engaging creatively with this special section. Map for the visuals of Lynne Joyrich’s, Jack Halberstam’s and mine’s papers, Juliette Blondeau, Joyce Cimper and Zakia Ahasniou for your research work. Thank you to my Queer Sensibilities cluster at Université de Montréal; your insight, enthusiasm and implication are very appreciated.

Thank you to Caroline Bem, Lynn Kozak and Alexis Poirier-Saumure who have been my sounding board along this road, and my first readers. Your support made this project see light.

Thank you to Kay Pettigrew for challenging me at the core with what all those gooey feelings could/should/would mean. Your professionalism and mastery of the English language gave me the missing little nudge on the final track.

Most of all, thank you to Julia Lesage for believing in this project, and offering me mentorship beyond my wildest dreams. You brought me further on my intellectual endeavor regarding queer theory and media studies than ever before. I will never be the same.

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