SlayTV is a New Global TV Network that Fills a Content Void for LGBTQ People of Color
Get ready to be Slayed!
The brainchild of handsomely married couple Sean and Terry Torrington, SlayTV is a new media platform to give LGBTQ people of color the missing exposure they deserve. LGBTQ people of color are seldom represented in the mainstream gay narrative—and when they are, it’s usually in a stereotypical cliché fashion with little nuance or authenticity. Around 72% of LGBTQ characters featured in cable and streaming platforms in the most recent TV season were white, according to a 2016 GLAAD report. SlayTV is here to change that.
Sean first started his career as a project manager at Goldman Sachs. However, after getting laid off in 2010, Sean seized the opportunity to pursue his passion for filmmaking. Shortly after he conceived and created a web series called “No Shade” focussing on LGBTQ people of color. The series mirrors his experience as a young black gay man “just trying to figure sh*t out” with his friends.
“Our mission is to create a platform that empowers content creators to become sustainable entrepreneurs that generates revenue while providing narratives to people to a community that is not represented accurately or authentically. Our ultimate goal is to normalize and cultivate empathy for queer and trans community.
The series was wildly successful and proved that there’s a market for media featuring gay black men. “After the success of my first web series “No Shade” we were in talks of getting it on a major network, however it was suggested that I make changes to the show, changes that would change the dynamics and authenticity of the show,” Sean Torrington told OutBuzz.
Sean and Terry soon realized that there was a huge need for a platform for original work and they needed to band the black LGBTQ community together. “Terry and I then decided we wanted to create our own platform for our original work, after many talks we realized within the community we could create our industry if we worked in numbers,” Sean continued. “We did a beta launch with our app (ARTKUTEC) in 2016 with the release of Terry’s web series ‘Love At First Night.’ The response was overwhelming from the community, they loved the idea of having a central place to access original content. From there it’s pretty much evolved into what SlayTV is now.”
SlayTV gives a platform to black LGBTQ storytellers whose voices mainstream media often ignores
SlayTV gives a platform to black LGBTQ storytellers whose voices the mainstream media too often ignores. “Slay is not just a TV network, it is a production company and an agency.” Sean continued. “Our mission is to create a platform that empowers content creators to become sustainable entrepreneurs that generates revenue while providing narratives to people to a community that is not represented accurately or authentically. Our ultimate goal is to normalize and cultivate empathy for queer and trans community.”
SlayTVSean first started his career as a project manager at Goldman Sachs. However, after getting laid off in 2010, Sean seized the opportunity to pursue his passion for filmmaking. He shortly after created a web series focussing on LGBTQ people of color—a community that seldom sees itself showcased in gay or mainstream media.
These boys are going to SLAY!
SlayTV gives black LGBTQ artists and entrepreneurs the opportunity to claim their identity by creating and publishing their own content. The platform features shows like “Other Boys,” a docuseries that showcases the unique narratives of queer and transgender men of color in New York City. One of Sean’s favorite series, “Love @ First Night,” is a romantic comedy featuring two black men. The show is directed by his husband and loosely based on their relationship.
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Where can you watch SlayTV?
“People can support Slay by being apart of our journey by subscribing to our network when we launch on May 15,” adds Sean. “Also, we’re looking for producers, cinematographers, editors, writers and social media managers. Anyone who can provide a skill to enhance the Slay brand. More than anything, people can simply share content and tell everyone they know about our mission.”
SlayTV is available to watch online, and on mobile phones and tablets through iOS and Android. Starting May 15, it will be available on connected TVs through Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Android TV devices, Chromecast and Apple Airplay.
“Other Boys,” is a documentary about 50 NYC queer and transgender men of color
SlayTV documentary series “Other Boys” is created by video producer Abdool Corlette. The series dives into what it means to be black and queer in New York City. The fascinating 50-part series premiered in February and explores love, work, life and happiness via the eyes of queer and transgender black men—an underrepresented perspective producers made a conscious decision to include.