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15 Groundbreaking LGBT TV Shows and Movies

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TV shows and movies often reflect the social norms and attitudes of their time. When they’re at their best, though, TV and film have been at the forefront of social change, tapping into the groundswells of change that society experiences. The LGBT rights movement has many times found a friend in TV and film, and society marches on towards equality.

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Check out our slideshow to learn more about some amazingly epic LGBT TV and movie moments!

1. All In The Family

All In The Family

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The sitcom, which ran from 1971-1979 became wildly popular due to its frank, head-on tackling of numerous issues that were previously taboo on TV, including homosexuality.

Revolving around “lovable bigot” Archie Bunker and his family, the show framed large social issues through the lens of debate between the conservative Archie, and his hippie son-in-law, Mike played by Rob Reiner.

In the show’s fifth episode, Archie is offended by Roger, Mike’s friend, whom Archie is sure is gay by his flamboyant personality. Archie later learns that you can’t judge a book by its cover when his old friend Steve, a masculine former football player, reveals that he too is gay.

2. Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

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The 1972 movie was the brainchild of cult filmmaker John Waters, and was very controversial for its content which was considered very graphic at the time (and still is today).

Starring in the film was Divine, the famous drag queen, who paved the way for drag queens in film.

Divine would go on to play Edna in the 1988 film version of Hairspray before she tragically died that year. The legendary performer would later be named “The Drag Queen of the Century” by People magazine.