Seattle Public Library: Matt Baume presents 'Hi Honey, I'm Homo!: Sitcoms, Specials, and the Queering of American Culture'

This is the story of how sitcoms helped change the televised coming-out scene from a radical, dangerous act into a cause for celebration — but one that can still be just as radical today.


Third Place Books joins the Seattle Public Library to welcome Matt Baume for a presentation of his new book Hi Honey, I'm Homo!: Sitcoms, Specials, and the Queering of American Culture. Using clips from classic TV shows, vintage news broadcasts, and excerpts from the new book Hi Honey, I’m Homo!, we’ll explore a surprising evolution across decades of iconic primetime sitcoms, and reveal the behind-the-scenes struggles to put queer people on the air with humor and humanity.

Venue: Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle Public Library (Central Branch), 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle, WA 98104
Time: 7pm

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required in advance.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is first come, first served for registered patrons.

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About Hi Honey, I'm Homo!. . .

There's a secret storyline hidden across some of the most popular sitcoms of the 20th century.

For decades, amidst the bright lights, studio-audience laughs, and absurdly large apartment sets, the real-life story of American LGBTQ+ liberation unfolded in plain sight in front of millions of viewers, most of whom were laughing too hard to mind.

From flamboyant relatives on Bewitched to closely-guarded secrets on All in the Family, from network-censor fights over Soap to behind-the-scenes activism on the set of The Golden Girls, from Ellen’s culture clash to Modern Family’s primetime power-couple, Hi Honey, I’m Homo! is the story not only of how subversive queer comedy transformed the American sitcom, from its inception through today, but how our favorite sitcoms transformed, and continue to transform, America.

Accessible, entertaining, and informative, Hi Honey, I'm Homo! is filled with exclusive commentary and interviews from celebrities, behind-the-scenes creators, and more.


Praise for Hi Honey, I'm Homo!. . .

"Every chapter serves up a slice of queer history with a rich scoop of fascinating, juicy asides and shocking behind-the-scenes insights—like having dishy late-night cheesecake with a witty, wise friend.”
Anthony Oliveira, PhD, author, film programmer, and pop culture critic
“Matt Baume takes us on a highly entertaining tour of queer representation in television comedy, from the be-bad-with-metaphor and you’ll-miss-it winks of Bewitched to the out-and-proud-ish center stage of Will & Grace. Baume brings his trademark mix of childlike enthusiasm and intellectual rigor to a medium he clearly loves. He calls out cowardice and appeasement where he sees it, but is also careful to place each show inside its moment in queer history.”
—Richard Day, TV writer and producer on Arrested DevelopmentSpin CityThe Drew Carey ShowEllen, and more
“Queer visibility didn't just happen overnight. It is and continues to be a series of wins and setbacks, which Matt chronicles with each painstaking step it took to move equality forward . . . The tremendous amount of curated minutia reads like Matt's love letter to the television pioneers of queer culture.”
—Deven Green, award-winning comedic chanteuse

Matt Baume is a Seattle-based writer, podcaster, and video-maker who tells stories about pop culture history from a queer perspective. His work explores the behind-the-scenes creation of movies and TV shows that changed the world, and the fascinating people behind them. Matt's first book, Defining Marriage, chronicles the personal stories of people who fought for marriage equality over the last forty years. His latest book, Hi Honey, I'm Homo!, tells the story of how subversive queer comedy transformed the American sitcom from its inception through today, as well as how our favorite sitcoms transformed, and continue to transform, America.

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