Coming out on Grey's Anatomy: Industry scandal, constructing a lesbian story line, and fan action

Tanya D. Zuk


This analysis focuses on a series of industry scandals that created a need for and the development of a lesbian story line on Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005–), resulting in the creation of a lesbian-focused fan group dedicated to the lesbian pairing, Erica_Callie on LiveJournal. The resulting constructed representation portrays authentic lesbian and bisexual characters on mainstream broadcast television, promising inclusion to those who identify with these characters.


Authenticity; Discourse analysis; Emotional realism; Fan studies; Identification; Knight/Washington scandal; LGBT studies; Online ethnography; Production

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