LGBT characters on TV will make up larger percentage than ever, study finds


The Glaad research study likewise discovered 20% of all TELEVISION series regulars in 2016-17 will be black, another record number in its 21 years of keeping an eye on variety

The 2016-17 tv season will have the greatest portion of LGBTQ routine characters yet, a brand-new research study launched on Thursday stated.

The research study carried out by Glaad, an LGBTQ media advocacy company, discovered that 4.8% (43) of the characters anticipated to appear on primetime scripted broadcast TELEVISION will be LGBTQ, a record in the 21 years it has actually been tracking such numbers.

The report, entitled Where We Are on TELEVISION, examines the general variety of prime-time scripted series on cable television, broadcast and streaming services in the United States.

The research study likewise discovered that 20% of all series regulars in 2016-17 will be black, another record number in regards to representation. The number of routine or repeating transgender characters more than doubled from 7 to 16, thanks to programs such as The Fosters and Doubt.

While it is heartening to see development being made in LGBTQ representation on tv, its essential to keep in mind that numbers are just part of the story, and we should continue the push for more elaborate and varied representations of the LGBTQ neighborhood, stated Sarah Kate Ellis, Glaad president and CEO, in a news release.

Ellis kept in mind that 25 queer female characters have actually passed away on scripted tv programs in 2016 alone. These deaths were typically to advance the story of the straight primary character. To eliminate these characters in droves sends out a hazardous message about the worth of queer female stories, Ellis composed in the report. Of the 3 platforms examined, broadcast was the most dangerous for bisexual and lesbian ladies. The report stated as a minimum of 12 characters were eliminated given that the start of 2016.

Fox and ABC blazed a trail in regards to LGBTQ representation on broadcast, with 6.4% and 7.3% representation respectively.

While gay males comprise the lions share of representation on cable television and broadcast programs, lesbians were finest represented on streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Forty-three percent (28 characters) of the LGBTQ characters on streaming services are lesbians, owned by programs such as Orange is the New Black and Wentworth.

The boost in the variety of black characters on TELEVISION can be credited to a series of effective programs with several black cast members such as Empire and Black-ish, along with a reaction from the #OscarSoWhite debate in 2015 that urged studios to cast more black stars. Black females have a particularly tough time burglarizing the market as they comprise just 38% of all black series characters.

Despite the general boost, LGBTQ characters stay extremely white. The report discovered this was especially real on cable television and streaming services, where routine and repeating LGBTQ characters were 72% and 71% white respectively.

The report likewise took a look at routine characters with specials needs and discovered another record high at 1.7% (15 characters), a boost from 0.9% the year prior. The report consisted of characters who would be consisted of under the Americans with Disabilities Act, that includes individuals coping with non-apparent specials needs such as cancer or HIV/Aids. A 3rd of those characters appear on Fox, which blazes a trail with 5 characters with impairments. 3 of those characters are on Empire.

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