On Monday night in North Hollywood, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosted a night devoted to how the television landscape has advanced (or not advanced as in some cases) in the 10 years since the book The Prime Time Closet: A History Of Gays and Lesbians On TV was first published. The book, written by Stephen Tropiano, highlighted the landmarks of gay representation on the small screen.
The panel included Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal, Girls), Amber Tamblyn (plays a lesbian on Two And A Half Men), Sherri Saum (The Fosters), Wilson Cruz (GLAAD, My So Called Life), trans actress Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black), Sean Hemeon (Husbands) and executives from Bravo and Here TV.
TheBacklot was on the red carpet before the event to talk to the panelists about just how far we have come…and where we still need to go.
See what Cox and Rannells had to say in the videos above, and then head to The Backlot to see the rest of the panel members speak.