In our Mission Statement, first published in the summer of 2012, we said:
“What we’re looking for is expressions of affection, moments of privacy and intimacy, and important conversations to happen between the young gay and lesbian couples in the same way that they happen for the straight young couples. What we’re looking for is simple. It’s not more than any of the straight couples get. It’s just the same treatment. It’s equality.”
The precise couples we referred to might not be together anymore, but the sentiment is just as valid as ever. We said as much in the Watching Brief in our Equality Report for Episode 414 “I Do”. We believe the show has improved in its depiction of LGBTQ characters and relationships, as demonstrated in that episode. In fact, over the course of this season we have posted nearly double the number of ‘thumbs up’ points (47) as we have ‘thumbs down’ points (27) in our equality reports.
In that Watching Brief we also said we would still be watching: that as long as Glee is in production there will be a need to watch and judge whether the show is meeting expectations. This hasn’t changed. As fans, we will be watching as long as Glee is in production.
After the hiatus, however, we will no longer provide weekly Equality Reports after each episode. Unfortunately, recent and upcoming real life commitments for several members of our steering team mean that it is not possible for us to maintain the reports for the time being.
This does not mean we think the show has addressed all of the issues we have identified since we started posting on equality issues. This does not mean we think the powers that be, whether they are the creators or FOX, have “learned their lesson”. This does not mean our mission is complete, nor that we are disbanding.
We are still here, and we still believe passionately in the equal depiction of LGBTQ characters and relationships on Glee.
We are still watching, and we continue to encourage all Glee fans to call or write to FOX with any concerns they have about equality issues on the show.
We would like to thank our followers for their support to date. You are the Glee Equality Project, and your continued support and advocacy of equality issues on social media and through direct contact with FOX are important.