After my first conference, I feel better about my project because I feel like I am headed in a good direction. I decided to focus on how Latinos in the LGTBQ+ community are represented in the media. I know that this topic is still narrow so I have been working to do just that. In order to narrow my project, I have been thinking about why I want to do this project. What do I want to learn as well as help others learn about Latinos in the LGBTQ+ community? How can I do this? I have decided that I should focus on two films OR specific episodes from a television show and ultimately compare/contrast depending on what I decide to do.
I really want to help contribute to this topic. In order to do so, I want to answer these questions: how are micro aggressions against Latino in the LGBTQ+ community reflected in films or television shows? How does this representation and rhetoric influence Americans’ perceptions of Latinos in the LGBTQ+ community? Are there films or television shows that are combatting these microagressions and stereotypes in ways that are groundbreaking/noteworthy? Why does it seem to me that Latinos in the LGBTQ+ community are underrepresented in these forms of media? With these questions in mind, I want to create a project that helps answer these questions so that others can learn more about this group as well.
On this note, since my conference with my professor, I have been doing my best to think of how to narrow my project more because I know that I really need to narrow my topic. That is why I started asking myself questions. I have been thinking that I can focus on the representation of Latino LGBTQ+ people by how they are depicted in specific productions that have been created/published in the last 5 years. The reason I chose this time frame is because I want whatever film(s) or television show that I select to be recent and perhaps recognizable to a wider audience. Now I would like to focus ore on film and television—perhaps include Hamilton, even though it’s a play. Maybe I could compare Hamilton as a play to a specific movie or show; thus, I could compare the differences and similarities. I could illustrate how these micro aggressions negatively shape Americans’ views Latinos as well as how Latinos are combat the micro aggressions/stereotypes.