GLAAD launched its annual “Where We Are on TV” report on Thursday morning and located that issues have been holding regular in the case of total variety and illustration of LGBTQ characters on scripted sequence on broadcast networks, cable and streaming platforms for the 2020-2021 TV season. This marks the twenty fifth 12 months that GLAAD has tracked the presence of LGBTQ characters on tv, and the sixteenth version of the Where We Are on TV examine.
“In the midst of a damaging pandemic, a protracted overdue cultural reckoning with racial injustice, and a transition into a brand new political period for this nation, illustration issues greater than ever as individuals flip to leisure storytelling for connection and escape,” stated Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD’s President and CEO. “This time of unprecedented change matched with elevated demand represents a chance to interrupt new floor with tales we’ve got not seen earlier than and create LGBTQ characters that don’t reinforce dangerous stereotypes.”
As the TV panorama adjustments with the cultural affect of the world, there’s a want for connection on TV and an urge for food for extra and new content material — and this has been an enormous alternative for LGBTQ visibility.
As of now, LGBTQ inclusion is basically prioritized by 4 creators: Greg Berlanti, Lena Waithe, Ryan Murphy and Shonda Rhimes. Last 12 months, characters on sequence from this quartet accounted for 14% of all LGBTQ characters. This 12 months, that determine noticed an uptick with these creators’ sequence representing 17% of all LGBTQ illustration (62 of 360 characters) on TV showing on their 16 sequence included on this 12 months’s examine. This means practically one in each 5 LGBTQ characters seems on a sequence that’s tied to one among simply 4 creatives.
GLAAD’s “The State of HIV Stigma” survey discovered that just about 9 in 10 Americans imagine that there’s nonetheless a stigma round HIV which is holding again progress. The new report reveals a drastic lower in illustration of characters residing with HIV. Last 12 months there was 9, this 12 months tallied solely three they usually had been all on FX’s Pose. As a end result, GLAAD is asking on the trade to erase the stigma and drive significant cultural change with genuine storytelling that includes individuals residing with HIV.
“Hollywood should say these tales that not solely entertain, however which even have the chance to tell and educate its audiences,” stated DaShawn Usher, GLAAD’s Program Officer – Communities of Color and HIV and AIDS advocate. “While there have been so many advances and developments in HIV schooling, prevention, and therapy, I can not say the identical in the case of Hollywood telling these numerous and compelling tales.”
The knowledge introduced within the report was unpacked in a digital occasion on Thursday which included GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, author and actor Ryan O’Connell (Netflix’s Special), actor Harvey Guillen (FX’s What We Do In The Shadows), actor Dyllón Burnside (FX’s Pose), actress Alexandra Billings (ABC’s The Conners) and a presentation from GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis and report researcher and writer Megan Townsend.
“LGBTQ-inclusive reveals dominated the dialog in 2020, with sequence like Schitt’s Creek, Batwoman, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Veneno, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and others celebrating excessive viewership, important acclaim, and passionate fanbases,” stated Townsend. “However, with LGBTQ inclusion within the trade nonetheless being led by a concentrated variety of creatives and several other inclusive sequence ending on this 12 months’s examine, networks and streaming companies must be paying attention to the worth of this devoted viewers. It should be a precedence to introduce nuanced and numerous LGBTQ characters in 2021 and past, making certain that this 12 months’s decreases don’t turn out to be reverse progress because the trade continues to evolve and modify to this distinctive period’s challenges.”
The report additionally discovered that of the 773 sequence common characters scheduled to seem on broadcast scripted primetime tv this season, 70 (9.1%) are LGBTQ, down from final 12 months’s record-high of 10.2%. This marks the primary season to stumble because it final fell within the 2013-14 report. This proportion was anticipated to drop because of the COVID-19 pandemic halting manufacturing on a number of reveals and impacting the event of latest sequence. There are a further 31 LGBTQ recurring characters on broadcast, for a complete of 101 LGBTQ characters, down from final 12 months’s 120. There was additionally a major lower in total primetime scripted broadcast sequence – all the way down to 96 sequence from the earlier 12 months’s 111.
Of the 773 sequence regulars counted on broadcast tv, 46% (354) of characters are individuals of coloration, a one-percentage-point lower from the earlier 12 months’s document excessive of 47%.
Scripted cable noticed essentially the most vital lower in LGBTQ illustration 12 months over 12 months. On scripted primetime cable sequence, the variety of LGBTQ sequence regulars has decreased from 121 to 81 characters, with 37 recurring LGBTQ characters from 94, bringing the full variety of LGBTQ characters all the way down to 118 from 215. Several LGBTQ-inclusive cable sequence are anticipated to return in subsequent 12 months’s version after COVID-19 manufacturing shutdowns pressured delays which stored sequence from being confirmed to air inside this report’s analysis interval, together with The L Word: Generation Q, Euphoria, Killing Eve, amongst others.
The silver lining? Over half of LGBTQ characters on primetime scripted cable are individuals of coloration, a primary within the historical past of the report. This not solely meets, however it surpasses GLAAD’s problem from final 12 months’s report for every platform to make sure that inside two years a minimum of half of LGBTQ characters tracked on every platform are individuals of coloration.
On the streaming companies Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix, there are 95 common LGBTQ characters featured on authentic scripted sequence, a lower from final 12 months, in addition to 46 LGBTQ recurring characters. This brings the full to 141 LGBTQ characters, a lower of 12 from final 12 months’s report.
Streaming was the one platform the place white LGBTQ characters outnumber non-white LGBTQ characters, although racial variety of LGBTQ characters on streaming did enhance by six proportion factors to 46% of LGBTQ characters additionally being individuals of coloration. Across all streaming tv, there was one LGBTQ character confirmed with a incapacity: Ryan Hayes (Ryan O’Connell) from Netflix’s Special. For the fourth 12 months in a row, lesbian illustration decreased on streaming to twenty-eight p.c of LGBTQ characters.
The report additionally discovered that bisexual+ characters make up 28% of all LGBTQ characters on all three streaming platforms, a 2% improve from final 12 months. There are 29 common and recurring transgender characters and one lesbian asexual character.
Read the complete”Where We Are On TV” report here.