Posted by Nicole Ardovino

COMM 380

LGBTQ+ and the Media

In the spring semester of my senior year, I took a split section class of LGBTQ+ and the Media to satisfy my Global Citizenship/Aesthetic Perspectives requirement. A split section course is when a class that is typically not an honors course has enough honors students interested in taking it where they can receive honors credit for it. To receive this credit, any honors students in the class must complete the same assignments as the rest of the class, with the addition of several more assignments, or more engaging requirements on some preexisting assignments. The class was centered around the LGBTQ+ community, and how thy are portrayed in media. We focused a lot on tropes, and had some really in-depth discussion about common stereotypes that an LGBTQ+ character plays in movies or shows. I really enjoyed the material from this class, especially since it is very rarely taught and this was my first time really learning about this topic.

One of our biggest honors requirements as part of the split section was to ensure that our script for our final short film was closer to the maximum amount of pages that it could be in length, which was about 10 pages. For those interested in watching the final short film that my group and I created, you can find it here, but the artifact below is a separate video project we did that is much shorter in length. We were put into groups and tasked with picking a significant historical event that tied back to the LGBTQ+ community, and my group decided to focus ours on the first ever pride parade. I found it very interesting to research this event and learn more about it, especially as someone who attended the pride event in Washington D.C. a few years ago. I also really enjoyed editing the video together, and improving my skills in Adobe Premiere pro, which is the software I used in several of my spring 2021 classes.


Title: Historical Perspectives project – The First Pride Parade

Author: Nicole Ardovino, Jess Semmler, Kelly Jarratt, Sydney Kaloustian

Date: 3/5/2021

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