In terms of reach and scope, nothing brings queer stories and characters to audiences with the same effectiveness as television. Sure, films like The Imitation Game and Dallas Buyers Club get nominated for Oscars and attain a higher profile than most TV shows, but in terms of pushing the limits of what mainstream audiences encounter, it’s impossible to beat a medium which reaches a captive audience in living rooms across the world.
The problem with these films is the fact that they’re fundamentally heterocentric works. While they may have queer characters at their core, they’re not actually interested in those characters’ queerness in a way that understands the increasing significance of LGBTIQ representation. Television, on the other hand, has become adept at doing this, but it still has a ways to go.