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Bury Your Gays


Victims of the trope Created by HowStuffWorks.com
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For LGBTQ characters on TV, it's been an especially deadly year, and fans are fed up. Cristen and Caroline unpack the Bury Your Gays trope, how it affects offscreen culture and whether the Lexa Pledge will make a difference.

Episode Sources:

"Bury your gays" http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BuryYourGays

"Bury your gays: Why 'The 100,' 'Walking Dead' deaths are problematic" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/bury-your-gays-why-100-877176

"Autostraddle's ultimate infographic guide to dead lesbian characters on TV" https://www.autostraddle.com/autostraddles-ultimate-infographic-guide-to-dead-lesbian-tv-characters-332920/

"All 166 dead lesbian and bisexual characters on TV, and how they died" https://www.autostraddle.com/all-65-dead-lesbian-and-bisexual-characters-on-tv-and-how-they-died-312315/

"Does Orange Is the New Black fall into the 'bury your gays' trope?" http://www.vulture.com/2016/06/orange-is-the-new-black-death-on-tv.html

"How Black Mirror decided to bury its gays" http://www.slate.com/blogs/outward/2016/10/27/black_mirror_upends_tv_s_bury_your_gays_trope.html

Academic Insights:

"The Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV." Stephen Tropiano. Hal Leonard Corporation, May 2002. https://books.google.com/books?id=rLhJAgAAQBAJ&dq