it has come to my attention that some people are unclear what “queer baiting” means in a tv show
so let me try to set it down for you
a note before we continue: i focus mainly on being gay, however, I want to note that many times “gay” and “queer” are conflated as being one and the same, which is not how it works. Though “gay” is a kind of queer, it is not the only kind of queer. I would also go so far as to argue that when we refer to “queer baiting” we are usually referring to a very specific kind of “queer baiting,” ie, “gay baiting” because many other queer people, eg, people who are trans, are literally erased from most mainstream narratives because of their very obvious non-presence in them—it is hard to “bait” when their existence is not even acknowledged.
This erasure, this non-presence, is A Very Serious Problem, but for now, I want to focus mainly on queer baiting that usually occurs in a gay context.
that said, let us carry on: