More TV queers, tonight a tough cop on NBC’s ‘Southland’

Southland's John Cooper

In 2009 it queers still scour the small screen in order to find representations of ourselves. The recent debut of NBC’s Kings showed us a pampered, spoiled and closeted crown prince. As a villian he plays perfectly into the stereotype of the evil gay. But another NBC premiere tonight at 10pm may serve to provide a more nuanced gay character.

Southland‘s John Cooper (played by Michael Cudlitz) is a rough and tumble LAPD cop.

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