How can TV and movies get representation right? We asked 6 Hollywood diversity consultants.

In 2012, Kerry Washington, star of the Shonda Rhimes-created ABC political drama Scandal,became the first black woman to lead a network drama in nearly four decades. Two seasons later, the series became the first on a major broadcast network that “was created by … Continue reading How can TV and movies get representation right? We asked 6 Hollywood diversity consultants.

Shadowhunters Executive Producer Michael Reisz on the Art of Adapting “Malec” and What to Expect in Season Two

As TV’s adapted properties regularly prove, deviating from a narrative’s original chronology and character development can be a contentious move. Conversely, it can signal new and exciting storytelling possibilities. In the case of Shadowhunters, Freeform’s adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The … Continue reading Shadowhunters Executive Producer Michael Reisz on the Art of Adapting “Malec” and What to Expect in Season Two

Magnus Bane is an inspiration to every one of us struggling to be our true self

Since Shadowhunters premiered on Freeform last spring, I’ve become totally besotted with one of its lead characters, Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr.). The nearly six-foot, chiseled, bisexual “High Warlock of Brooklyn” is a storm of gusto and glamour who draws … Continue reading Magnus Bane is an inspiration to every one of us struggling to be our true self

Shadowhunters Executive Producer Michael Reisz On “Malec” and Writing Authentic LGBT Characters

In a medium that’s steadily diversifying, it’s not surprising the TV adaptation of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments prominently features LGBT characters. What is surprising is how fantasy-based teen drama Shadowhunters is doing more than the bare minimum with these … Continue reading Shadowhunters Executive Producer Michael Reisz On “Malec” and Writing Authentic LGBT Characters

President Obama Appoints Trans Staffer as Primary LGBT Liaison

President Barack Obama has just named Raffi Freedman-Gurspan as the White House’s official LGBT liaison, marking the first time a transgender person has filled the role. The position, officially titled Outreach and Recruitment Director of Presidential Personnel and Associate Director … Continue reading President Obama Appoints Trans Staffer as Primary LGBT Liaison