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LGBTQ+ fans of “The Last of Us” are split over the casting of Nick Offerman as a gay character in the hit TV series, reigniting a long-running debate over whether straight or non-transgender actors should play gay or trans roles.

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‘Layered, nuanced stories are missing in TV representation’: Why we need more LGBT variation on-screen
Russell T Davies’ Queer as Folk, another series that focused solely on the lives of LGBTQ+ people – many continue to be amazed at how far we’ve progressed.In 2021, everyone was talking about Davies’ Channel 4 masterpiece It’s A Sin, which stars Olly Alexander and Neil Patrick Harris and follows the lives of a group of young men who together endure the horror of the HIV/Aids epidemic of the 80s, as well as the pain of rejection and the prejudices that their peers faced throughout the decade. However, while LGBTQ+ representation has reached all-time highs in some facets of the media with shows like Modern Family and Orange Is The New Black, filmmaker and director Kevin Morosky believes there is more to be done, and has called for future TV shows to create space for ‘truly intersectional’ characters.‘With It’s A Sin, don’t get me wrong, it’s about a particular moment in time, but I think it’s a little dangerous when the narrative comes from a negative place,’ he told – who retold his experience of heartbreak through short, poetic vignettes in his self-published novel Notes – expressed there were ‘other ways’ of telling stories like this ‘that give more power to the character.’‘I know a lot of people are going to disagree with me on this,’ he added.‘I didn’t think that show was super progressive, of course; it was a story that needed to be told.
WATCH: If you liked ‘It’s A Sin’, you should definitely check out ‘AIDS: The Unheard Tapes’
Russell T Davies (Queer As Folk, Doctor Who) transported audiences back to London in the ’80s with It’s A Sin, imagining the uplifting yet tragic tale of a fictional group of queer friends living through the AIDS epidemic.Now, a new documentary series revisits that monumental time and place in gay history, but AIDS: The Unheard Tapes brings audiences face-to-face with the real stories of the people who lived through it—and those who didn’t.Related: And the films played on: 17 essential movies about HIV/AIDSNarrated by Russell Tovey—who, coincidentally, worked with Davies on the miniseries Years And Years—the three-part series gives modern audiences an unparalleled look at the LGBTQ community’s struggle to survive and defiant will to live during this dark time in queer history.In an exercise that proves both heart-wrenching and eye-opening, AIDS: The Unheard Tapes enlists a handful of actors, dressed in period-accurate costuming, to lip-sync to interviews with people who contracted HIV in the epidemic’s early days, recordings that were kept in the British Library and never broadcast until now.More than a gimmick, the effect is astonishing, offering windows into the lives that were taken from us too soon, telling a story of grief, but also one of hope, pride, and celebration.AIDS: The Unheard Tapes‘ first episode debuted January 27 on BBC Two and the BBC iPlayer, with its remaining episodes airing the following Mondays.