Skip to comments.GLAAD Report Reveals LGBTQ TV Representation At All-Time High
Posted on 11/07/2019 8:44:10 AM PST by EdnaMode
GLAAD has released its Where We Are On TV report which breaks down the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and streaming platforms. This year, there is more good news than bad.
Where We Are On TV showed that the needle has moved to an all-time high when it comes to LGBTQ series regulars. There was also a significant increase in racial diversity of LGBTQ characters on broadcast and cable but there was a decrease in streaming. On top of that, for the first time in the reports 24-year history, LGBTQ regular and recurring women on broadcast outnumber LGBTQ men 53% to 47% almost reaching gender parity.
The report was presented during a panel discussion at UTA Thursday morning with GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, UTA television agent Jacob Fenton, Sabrina Jalees (Carols Second Act), Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time), Nicole Maines (Supergirl), Marja-Lewis Ryan (The L Word: Generation Q), Brian Michael Smith (The L Word: Generation Q, Queen Sugar, 9-1-1: Lone Star) and GLAADs Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis and report author Megan Townsend.
The new numbers come after last year when GLAAD made a call to action to the TV industry to reach 10 percent LGBTQ inclusion among broadcast series regular characters on primetime scripted series by 2020. The 2019-2020 report found that networks met and exceeded this call in just one year with its record-high percentage of LGBTQ series regulars on broadcast television at 10.2% of all series regulars, which bested last years record high of 8.8%.
When it comes to intersectionality, racial diversity in the LGBTQ space, of the 120 regular and recurring characters on broadcast, 62 (52%) are people of color, which is a two-percentage point increase from last year and six more characters. This marks the second year in a row where LGBTQ people of color have outnumbered white LGBTQ people on broadcast. It is also the only platform that has hit the goal of having at least half of LGBTQ characters be characters of color.
Another record-high percentage was with Latinx series regulars which was up to 9% from 8%. This was a record-tying number of Black series regulars which held steady at 22% while Asian Pacific Islander also held steady at 8% across broadcast television regular characters.
On the cable side, there 215 LGBTQ characters and 48% (103 characters) are people of color, which is another increase from last year. On streaming, there were 153 LGBTQ characters and 41% (63) are people of color, which is significantly down from last year seven percentage points to be exact.
Last year, GLAAD called on the television industry to increase the number of LGBTQ characters and more accurately reflect the world we live in, and they responded by exceeding this challenge, said Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD. At a time when the cultural climate is growing increasingly divisive, increased representation of LGBTQ stories and characters on television is especially critical to advance LGBTQ acceptance. Shows like Pose, Schitts Creek, Batwoman and Billions demonstrate that not only are LGBTQ stories and characters on TV becoming more diverse, but that viewers everywhere continue to respond with extreme positivity.
Other noteworthy highlights from the report showed that representation was up this year across all platforms including an increase in the total number of trangender, bisexual+ and characters with HIV/AIDS.
It was joe Biden who okay d all of this. Then Obama followed suit- suit being the Catholic (heretical, excommunicated) Biden
And what do you know? TV ratings are at an all time low!
There are also so many gay couples and racially mixed couples featured in commercials on TV now.
The pervert tube tries to program you!
Only one of the reasons I watch zero network television.
I am so “glaad” that I do not have cable tv anymore!!
I went from $178.00 a month cable/internet to just internet and dropped $111.00 a month!!
Really? How many trans characters are there? I know of none.
It sure is, it’s about to make me sick... It’s a full on gayfest right now.
I can understand racially mixed couples. Opposites attract!
But I am totally at loss why men are attracted sexually to men, and women to other women. Never understood it and don’t care to understand it. It does bother me when they push their unnatural sexuality in public.
A gay character or some gay scenes are nowadays, OBLIGATORY in every TV show. That’s the film and TV industry’s agenda — to NORMALIZE the lifestyle.
People think they’re watching reality on TV. I remember reading an article here that said high schoolers thought that 20% of the population was homosexual. Actually that translated to the same percentage that was on their favorite media.
That is why I don’t watch TV anymore.
The pervert crowd can fondle each other all they want. I doubt I am alone is not watching.
Orange is the New Black had one. There’s a show on FX called Pose which is filled with trans and “binary” characters.
Does that report also explain this is why so many are turning their TV off?
I’ve gotten to where I’m turning off the TV more and more nowadays. LGBGTMOUSE scenes are just a speed bump on the road of viewing that I just can’t get over. I’m just not gonna watch that crap.
Meanwhile - TV watching at all time low.
No s#!T Sherlock, far out representing their 2% of society. Modern TV is unwatchable because of that.
And heterosexual characters are frequently presented with fatal flaws, such as racism or sexism. All the while the LBGTQXYZ characters are the coolest people, the smartest people in the room. Young viewers are easily manipulated and are being told that LGBT, etc., is the way to go.
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