FLIPPING THE SCRIPT: BEYOND HOMOPHOBIA IN BLACK HOLLYWOOD — African American writers, actors, directors, producers, and execs explore LGBT portrayals on TV and film

WHAT: Co-sponsored by the Writers Guild of America, West’s Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee and Committee of Black Writers, FLIPPING THE SCRIPT: BEYOND HOMOPHOBIA IN BLACK HOLLYWOOD on Tuesday, March 23rd is set to be a revealing and enlightening look at key issues involving African American gay and lesbian characters on the big and small screens. The evening’s dialogue will explore both positive and negative portrayals of LGBT characters, recurring homophobia (within black society as well as among black filmmakers/producers) that has limited and/or informed such portrayals, stereotyping controversies and contradictions, and positive gains that have been made – and need to continue to be made – within the entertainment industry.

WHO: Panelists currently scheduled to appear include: Paris Barclay (producer-director The Good Wife), Quincy LeNear and Deondray Gossett (writers-producers-directors, The D L Chronicles), Jasmine Love (writer, The District), Maurice Jamal (writer-producer-director, Chappelle’s Show), Tim McNeal (VP, Talent Development and Diversity, Disney/ABC Television), Brian White (actor, Men of a Certain Age), and Tajamika Paxton (GLAAD Director of Entertainment Media). The panel will be moderated by award-winning stage and screen actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (Dreamgirls, Moesha).

WHEN: 7:30 PM, Tuesday, March 23

WHERE: Writers Guild of America, West