Gay men we spoke to said that they felt TV regularly portrayed them in extremes, either as flamboyant or ‘macho’. Some told us that TV storylines featuring gay men seem to include a disproportionately high number of sensationalised situations.

What viewers told us...

“I feel like it’s more important for me... Most people turn on the TV and they see themselves anyway. When you turn on the TV and don’t see yourself… When you do see yourself it feels nice, you feel like you relate, you are just a lot more emotionally invested and then it means a lot more.”

Male 18-34 gay London

“To ignore [the gay struggle] would probably be inaccurate but... it’s always a bit too prominent in the storyline... it just creates a stereotype.”

Male 18-34 gay London

“A lot of gay characters are like in both ends of the spectrum. So you have the really really really, really really macho gay guy, or you have the really flamboyant gay guy. There’s nothing wrong with either of them because they are both accurate depictions, but you very rarely just have like someone who – there is a storyline about them and they happen to be gay as well... but it is usually focused on the fact they are gay and like the struggle around that or whatever.”

Male 18-34 gay London