Stories by Drew Mackie

TV
We’re Remembering That Time on ‘Cheers’ When Diane Pushed Back Against Gay Panic

Diane Chambers takes on heterosexual hysteria in a stellar sitcom episode that has Sam Malone realizing that gay customers are welcome in his bar

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TV
The 1987 Gay Funeral Episode of ‘Designing Women’ Will Break Your Heart

The landmark sitcom ‘Designing Women’ shows how TV shows can put comedy aside to pull heartstrings and educate audiences about serious issues such as AIDS

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TV
Drag Queens Weren’t the Butt of the Joke in This 2007 ‘King of the Hill’ Episode

Most drag queens would be happy to make an audience laugh. But if you look back at movies and TV from years past, there’s a tendency to make drag queens themselves the punchline. Just the fact that a man is in a dress is joke enough. And if someone mistakes[…]

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History
Lest We Forget, This Gay Man Made Donald Trump the Man He Is Today

A primer on how the monster that is Roy Cohn helped inform Trump’s worldview and helped get him to the White House

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