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#people have to understand that in tv show straight heteronormative audience needs stereotypes #to embrace and graps other sexuality #sherlock as a gay man is not a stererotype #but the show HAS to use some (very) not subtle clue/stereotypes about his homosexuality #so watch this and now tell me seriously you don’t think he’s gay #go on
No. No it absolutely does not have to use stereotypes.
If Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss wanted to make Sherlock gay, then they could have and should have just done it and treated him as a human being—a human being who, yes, is attracted to men! LGBTQA people are all over the world. There are millions of people who identify as something other than heterosexual/cisgendered, and guess what: they’re individuals who don’t fit into or play up to stereotypes. They’re just people, just like anyone else.
Saying that the show “has” to use stereotypes to exhibit Sherlock’s sexuality, to say that they couldn’t just make him gay outright is excusing LGBTQIA erasure in our media. Do you know, Captain Jack Harkness from Doctor Who/Torchwood is omnisexual, but has a preference to human men. Do you know that in “The Parting of the Ways” (final episode of season one of Doctor Who) Jack kisses Rose, and then turns around and kisses the Doctor in the very same way he kissed Rose, and no fuss is made over it? Do you know he admits that he, too, is in love with the Doctor in “Utopia?” Do you know that he has a very on-screen, very blatant relationship with a man (Ianto Jones) in Torchwood, and that Ianto is stated and portrayed to be one of the greatest loves of Jack’s extremely long life?
And do you know that Russel T Davies, in writing these episodes, did not stoop to making Jack a stereotype? By all accounts, he is exactly the type of hero that heteronormative audiences (especially American audiences) would salivate over. He’s well-built, is not at all afraid to fight and use guns (and does so liberally), is cocky, outspoken, and altogether pretty macho, more-so than the Doctor. Jack Harkness is masculine and bold and does not exhibit cliché homosexual stereotypes—does not rely on stereotypes to portray the fact that, yes, he does fancy men—but instead exhibits the fact that he has a preference for men by, you know, routinely making love to another man on-screen.
If Moffat and Gatiss wanted to make Sherlock gay, then they would—or should—just make him gay and have him be in a relationship with a man, not queer-bait. This is 20-fucking-14. We should be past this by now. Homosexuality is not taboo. Relationships and preferences that don’t fit into heteronormative ideals are not taboo. And if you want to make excuses and say, “Well, but they ARE!” then you’re part of the problem. The only—and I mean ONLY—way to change that, to make it so that LGBTQA individuals and relationships are considered just as normal and commonplace as heteronormative people and relationships, is to put them on TV, openly and freely and proudly. Put them in TV shows, in movies, in books, in games. Represent them as human beings, as individuals with thoughts and feelings, as relationships that are more than “experimenting” and are instead true and just as valid and important as any heterosexual relationship. It’s time we move past the excuses, time we move past the queer-baiting. We, as a society, have a responsibility to represent those that are underrepresented. That is the responsibility of a creator. There is no excuse for having it just be subtext. None. And it’s time that we stop pretending that it is, no matter how much you may love your favorite show.