The Times does in-depth stories on everything from gay doctors to gay characters on TV. In the past couple of weeks, they’ve profiled a photographer whose subject is a gay subgroup and have written about a British online guide that ranks schools according to which are best for gay rights. But most importantly, the Times regularly includes gay couples and individuals in “non-gay” stories in places like the real estate, business, and arts sections. They write about the house hunts of lesbian couples, profile gay business leaders, and write about LGBT artists, all without making the subject’s sexuality the central part of the story. Instead, they mention it casually when it’s warranted, which is exactly the way heterosexuals are treated.

In the Times, gay people tend to be present without being constantly presented as “other.”

The gay press and gay news blogs continue to have the most comprehensive coverage of LGBT issues (see especially Towleroad, the Advocate, The Washington Blade, and LA Frontiers), but the mainstream press is quickly catching up. The New York Times and the Associated Press may have occasional flubs but their strong coverage of LGBT issues overall is a shining example of how social minority groups should be covered: with respect and attention, writing both about a group’s unique issues as well as including them in stories that highlight the ordinary, human qualities we all share.

*Correction: David Crary’s last name was misspelled in the original version.

 

Jennifer Vanasco is a is a news editor at WNYC and the former editor in chief of MTV Network's LGBT news site 365gay.com. She writes about social minorities, national politics, and culture. Her award-winning newspaper column on gay and women's issues ran for 15 years.