2021 Out Loud List
Congratulations to our inaugural list winners!
In 2019, representation of queer characters on TV reached an all-time high but proceeded to drop in 2020. Trans representation has seen the greatest increase in visibility, but only 1% of queer characters are trans-men specifically. Meanwhile, the number of asexual characters and those living with HIV/AIDS remains small.
Two steps forward, one step back. How do we continue making progress? We need more queer writers telling the stories of queer people. We know that amplifying queer writers and their voices—even if just staffing in a room, even if just for development—ultimately leads to better representation broadly. It leads to exposure in Hollywood, to knowing producers, studios, networks, and the powers that be. It leads to a more nuanced and inclusive vision of being a human, to new ways of seeing the world, and to a seat at the table.
For these reasons, Out in Hollywood is proud to announce our inaugural Out Loud List, elevating the voices and material of quality, industry-vetted writers. Below are this year’s honorees, featuring a diverse array of genres from comedy to period and many levels of experience, not ranked, but sorted alphabetically by last name. Please click on each writer to learn more information about them!
We encourage you to reach out to these writers' reps and meet them for staffing, take a general, or even read their material in consideration for development. We promise you will not be disappointed!