A latest GLAAD TV research exhibits that although LGBTQ illustration on the small display is at a document excessive, there may be nonetheless loads of room for enchancment.
According to GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” range report, launched Thursday, there at the moment are extra homobadual, bad, bibadual, transgender and queer characters being represented onscreen than there have been within the greater than 20 years that GLAAD has tracked progress.
The report discovered that of the 901 common characters which might be anticipated to seem on broadcast TV this season, 58 are recognized as LGBTQ, or roughly 6.four %. Recurring characters clock in at 28.
In streaming collection on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, there have been 51 LGBTQ regulars and 19 recurring characters counted within the report, a rise of 5 characters from final 12 months’s report.
And on scripted cable collection, the variety of common LGBTQ characters is at an all-time excessive with 103 characters, with 70 recurring characters staking a considerable declare within the pool.
“As LGBTQ acceptance in government and the broader American culture reverses course, television is a critical home for LGBTQ stories and representation matters more than ever,” Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, mentioned in a press release. “At a time when the Trump administration is trying to render LGBTQ people invisible, representing LGBTQ people in all of our diversity in scripted TV programs is an essential counterbalance that gives LGBTQ people stories to relate to and moves the broader public to support LGBTQ people and families.”
Though the numbers for LGBTQ illustration in TV look promising, there may be nonetheless one other issue that begs consideration: that of racial and gender range. The GLAAD report factors out that although racial range is up total in broadcast TV, LGBTQ characters are nonetheless predominantly white – 77 % on streaming, 62 % on broadcast and 64 % on cable.
Furthermore, a majority of the LGBTQ characters portrayed onscreen are males. Representatives for GLAAD are hopeful that extra change is on the horizon.
“Numbers are only a small part of the story when it comes to LGBTQ representation on TV and simply being present onscreen is not enough,” Megan Townsend, Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis at GLAAD, mentioned in a press release. “While we’re pleased to see numbers on the rise, consideration of how LGBTQ characters are woven into storylines and whose stories are making it to screen is crucial for judging progress of the industry. And there is still work to be done.”