Steven in a lecture hall next to a poster for his lecture.

Lectures by Steven Capsuto, author of Alternate Channels

All lectures include video clips. Customized talks are available. The two standard presentations are:

LGBTQ Youth—As Seen on TV

What was it like to be a young LGBTQ person in the 1980s, 1990s, or 2000s, and how have things changed today? This talk looks at the evolving lives of LGBTQ youth in the United States, using clips from TV sitcoms and dramas as a jumping-off point. (55 minutes plus Q&A.)

Alternate Channels:
60 Years of LGBTQ Images on TV

LGBTQ people’s lives and rights have changed profoundly since the mid-twentieth century. This talk uses clips from U.S. television comedies and dramas to explore how popular culture reflected those changes, from the 1950s to our time. (100 minutes plus Q&A.)

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“If we could have you back every month, we would! It was the students who pressed to bring you the first year, and they know best! So happy to have hosted you for two years. Here’s to another two and then some!”

– Prof. Michelle Nicopolis, Cuyahoga County College

“Steven was enthusiastic, funny and extremely personable. He was a treat!”

–, reviewing Steven’s appearance at the Paley Center

“More than a decade of research has made him a walking encyclopedia of broadcast fiction, and a treasure trove of information for any media buff.”

– Zero magazine, Spain, after a lecture gig in Madrid

Here are some of the places where Steven has given talks or appeared on panels about television’s LGBTQ images:

American Historical Association Conference • Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival • Binghamton University • Boston University • Bournemouth University (UK) • Coe College (5 times) • COGAM LGBT Community Center (Madrid, Spain, 3 times) • Console-ing Passions Conference (UK) • Dignity-USA National Convention • Free Library of Philadelphia • Greater Palm Springs Pride Festival • Gustavus Adolphus College • Illinois State University • Johns Hopkins University • LGBT Community Center (NYC) • Miami International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival • Minnesota State University – Mankato • Mohawk Valley Community College • The New School • New York University • Northeast LGB Student Union Conference (2 times) • Northeast LGBT Conference (2 times) • Northeast Ohio Medical University • Princeton University • Paley Center for Media (NYC) • Rutgers University (3 times) • St. Joseph’s University • San Francisco Public Library • San Francisco State University • Southeast Missouri State University • Suffolk University (Boston) • SUNY/Potsdam • SUNY/Tompkins Cortland • Temple University • Tri-C College (2 years in a row) • University at Buffalo • University of Delaware (3 times) • University of Florida • University of North Carolina • University of Pennsylvania (7 times) • William Way Community Center (3 times) • Various high schools • Many other venues.

[Photo: A lecture gig in Cleveland, Ohio, 2013.]