Document Type

Research Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2010


Will & Grace stands as a representation of when homosexual relationships portrayed by mass media- radio, television, and movies- began to be broadly accepted within society. From the breakthrough Will & Gracehelped establish, homosexuality is slowly finding accurate representation within mass media today. This paper uses The Contact Hypothesis, along with the Para-social Interaction Hypothesis, to examine these progressive movements within media and their application to culture’s growing perception and acceptance of homosexuality.


2010 Undergraduate Research Award Winner in the 1000-2000 level category.