Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

Conference Proceedings 2014 NOHS National Conference- Las Vegas, NV



Conference Name

2014 NOHS National Conference- Las Vegas, NV October 22-26, 2014


Popular culture is an influential aspect that shapes society. Popular culture’s impact on society’s view of the LGBTQ population was examined in the context of video media representations. Students at a Mid-Atlantic university (n = 7) were presented with representations of LGBTQ individuals in television media during two focus groups. Participants completed pre-and-post-test qualitative surveys regarding their impact and perceptions. Responses were coded to identify themes of the target populations. Misrepresentations, perpetuated stereotypes, changing perspectives, advocacy, personal connection, differing types of media representation, and lack of representation were themes identified throughout participant responses about the varying popular culture mediums.


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0000-0002-1438-6704 (Sparkman-Key)

Original Publication Citation

Comer, H., Bower, J. D., & Sparkman, N. (2015). Showtime: Pop Culture’s Impact on Society’s View of the LGBTQ Population. Paper presented at the Conference Proceedings 2014 NOHS National Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 22-26, 2014.