GLAAD report finds record number of LGBTQ+ characters on broadcast TV

Nearly 12% of regular Primetime TV characters identify as LGBTQ+.

Every year on the 17th Where are we on TV report, GLAAD discovered that in season 2021-2022 (June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022), 92 of the series’ 775 regular characters are LGBTQ+. This is a 2.8% increase from the previous year and sets a new record.

The study – which looked at the diversity and overall representation of primetime scripted dramas – noted the number of LGBTQ+ characters appearing regularly on primetime cable shows and original shows on major streaming platforms.

GLAAD found that streaming services have more representation of LGBTQ+ characters than broadcast television.

Previously, GLAAD tracked data from Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon. This has now expanded to include other streamers like Disney Plus, Paramount+, Apple TV+, HBO Max, and Peacock.

Lesbian character visibility remains the highest, accounting for 40% of LGBTQ+ characters. This is followed by gay men at 35% and finally bisexual characters at 19%.

Hunter Schafer and Zendaya as Jules and Rue

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LGBTQ+ people of color continue to represent the majority for the fourth year in a row. Transgender representation is steadily increasing with 42 characters repeated across all platforms.

“The growing status of LGBTQ representation on television is a signal that Hollywood is really starting to realize the power of telling stories,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD. LGBTQ stories that audiences around the world connect with.

“At a time when anti-LGBTQ legislation and violence continue to increase, cultural institutions like television will play a vital role in changing hearts and minds through diverse and inclusive storytelling. import.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/lgbtq-characters-on-tv-b2017753.html GLAAD report finds record number of LGBTQ+ characters on broadcast TV

Tom Vazquez

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