Date of Award
Dr. Joe Stollenwerk
Dr. Shane Nordyke
LGBTQ, Theatre, Politics, Representation, History, Queer, Gay, Lesbian, Musicals, Plays
Acting | American Politics | Civil Rights and Discrimination | Fine Arts | Gender and Sexuality | Law and Politics | Legal History | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Political History | Politics and Social Change | Public Policy | Sexuality and the Law | Social History | Social Policy | Theatre History | United States History
This thesis examines the relationship between LGBTQ+ representation on the political and theatrical stages. During some decades, LGBTQ+ theatre was dictated by the politics of the time period. During other times, theatre educated and filled the silence when the government and society turned the other way. By examining LGBTQ+ plays, musicals, and political events over the past century, there are clear themes that emerge. In both the theatrical and political arenas, LGBTQ+ representation has been limited by a concept called “repressive tolerance.” Every step of progress has been met with another restriction, ranging from stereotypical caricatures to legal discrimination. In order to move forward, we must acknowledge this repressive tolerance and fight against its systemic limitations. LGBTQ+ individuals will never be seen as equal members of society as long as we continue to exist within this repressive narrative. It all begins by learning our history so we do not repeat it. Representation matters. Our stories matter.
Ries, Brett V., "The Relationship Between LGBTQ+ Representation on the Political and Theatrical Stages" (2020). Honors Thesis. 75.
Acting Commons, American Politics Commons, Civil Rights and Discrimination Commons, Fine Arts Commons, Gender and Sexuality Commons, Law and Politics Commons, Legal History Commons, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Commons, Political History Commons, Politics and Social Change Commons, Public Policy Commons, Sexuality and the Law Commons, Social History Commons, Social Policy Commons, Theatre History Commons, United States History Commons