GLAAD’s ‘Where We Are on TV’ report calls for more diverse, substantive LGBT characters (GLAAD)

glaadFrom GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation),

GLAAD today released its annual Where We Are on TV report; a comprehensive review of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) primetime characters in the 2015-16 television season. This season marks the 20th year that GLAAD has tracked the presence of LGBT characters on television and this year, for the first time, we have counted LGBT characters on original series which have premiered on the streaming content providers Amazon, Hulu and Netflix.
View the full report here.

Of the 881 regular characters expected to appear on broadcast primetime scripted programming in the coming year, 35 (4%) were identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. There were an additional 35 recurring LGB characters. The highest percentage of LGBT characters GLAAD has ever counted on primetime scripted broadcast programming was 4.4% in the 2012-13 season.

The number of regular LGBT characters counted on cable increased from 64 to 84, while recurring characters increased from 41 to 58. For the first time, GLAAD counted LGBT characters on original series that premiered on Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix. GLAAD found 43 series regulars and 16 recurring LGBT characters across 23 series.

“Each of us lives at the intersection of many identities and it’s important that television characters reflect the full diversity of the LGBT community,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO & President of GLAAD. “It is not enough to just include LGBT characters; those characters need to be portrayed with thought and care to accurately represent an often tokenized community.”

Read the entire report.

 

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