Date of Award

5-14-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Tiffany King

Second Advisor

Dr. Chamara Kwakye

Third Advisor

Dr. Jade Petermon

Abstract

This research explores the invisibility and marginalization of Queer Black women and girls in films and television and how these inaccurate depictions and stereotypes in media contribute to the real-world disenfranchisement and abuse of Queer Black women and girls in the United States. I highlight movies and tv episodes with Queer Black female characters and analyze how their character arcs and how their character is utilized to aid the plot within the film or series. I cite literature that examines homophobia, racism, and sexism, socially and institutionally in the US and highlight the research represented within these selected studies and concluded with my own screenplay. My argument is that having more Queer Black women in leadership roles behind the scenes of these productions will aid in more nuanced and equitable representation of Queer Black women on-screen and potentially humanize the way Queer Black girls and women are treated in society.

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