The Sexual Evolution Is Coming, Thanks In Part To TV – By Alicia Lutes

When a 2013 ABC News/Washington Post poll showed that 58 percent of Americans believed gay marriage should be legal, up from 34 percent in 2003, it was clear that a sea change was underway for American sexual norms. Several factors brought about this seismic shift in our attitudes toward homosexuality, but among them, front and center, was TV. From Ellen to Modern Family, television has made Americans see lifestyles and identities once considered foreign and fringe as relatable, funny, wholesome, even familiar.