All About Steve

Steven Capsuto graduated from Rutgers with a double minor in U.S. History and Mass Media & Journalism, and a major in Spanish. Since 1989, he has presented video-illustrated lectures about how television reflects different aspects of American society.
The original presentations focused on portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. In 2004 he added a talk about U.S. remakes of foreign TV shows, and in 2013 a presentation about Jewish characters on TV.
His book, Alternate Channels, was a semifinalist for the American Library Association's Stonewall Book Award. Alternate Channels traces the radical changes in LGBT imagery on radio and TV from 1930 to 2000. It has a five-star rating on, has been used in college courses, and is widely cited by other authors. He began researching the media's LGBT images in the late 1980s, while volunteering at a crisis hotline. Many of the callers were suicidal gay teens who had built their self-image on the grim depictions seen on television at that time.

Steven has contributed media-history articles to periodicals and reference books, has presented papers at academic conferences in several countries, and served on the research teams for documentaries seen on PBS and Bravo cable (including The Question of Equality and TV Revolution).

He was the head archivist of the GLBT Archives of Philadelphia from 1997 to 2003, and has been involved in various social-justice causes since the 1980s. In his day job, he is a translator and translation project manager.