Greg Berlanti on Why Movies Are Lagging Behind TV in LGBTQ Representation

Variety | 6/19/2019 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Greg Berlanti is television’s most prolific producer.

With a record-breaking 18 series from his production company greenlit for the 2019-2020 season, the openly gay Berlanti is using his power to ensure the LGBTQ community is reflected on the small screen — both in front of and behind the camera.

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From casting the first transgender superhero on TV with Nicole Maines on “Supergirl” to bringing on the first superhero series lead by **** character with the CW’s “Batwoman,” which debuts this fall, Berlanti is doing his part to increase representation in TV and movies, directing the 2018 film “Love, Simon,” which was the first major studio film to focus on a gay teen romance. However, Berlanti — who, early in his career, fought for the gay kiss in “Dawson’s Creek,” which made broadcast history as the first passionate kiss between two men — says the movie biz still has a lot of work to do.

Aside from reflecting the real world on screen, Berlanti is also using his power in the 2020 election, recently deciding to co-host a fundraising event for Pete Buttigieg, who would become the first openly gay U.S. president if elected.

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The high-profile fundraising event, which was scheduled for June 19 at the Los Angeles home of Ryan Murphy and husband David Miller, was canceled after Buttigieg opted to stay in South Bend, Ind., where he serves as mayor, after an officer-involved shooting instead of visiting California for a week of planned fundraisers.

The fundraising event, now hosted by Berlanti and husband Robbie Rogers, along with gay Hollywood power players including Murphy, Matt Bomer, Simon Halls, Bryan Lourd, Bruce Bozzi, Kevin Huvane and Billy Eichner, will be re-scheduled for July, Variety has learned.

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Here, Berlanti talks to Variety about the “tremendous” impact of Buttigieg running for president, LGBTQ progress in the entertainment industry and...
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