GLAAD on TV’s LGBTQ Inclusion: Too Few Shows Do Too Much of the Work

GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” report this yr notes that the quantity of lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender and queer characters has barely decreased — due partly to how the pandemic sidelined many of the reveals that reliably symbolize the LGBTQ neighborhood.

All advised, the inclusion of LGBTQ sequence common characters on primetime scripted broadcast sequence, for instance, dropped from 10.2 to 9.1 %. But as soon as the reveals that bumped into manufacturing delays throughout the pandemic and (thus aren’t included in the research’s June 2020-May 2021 timetable) return, “we anticipate to see actual progress,” says GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis.

Even so, the disproportionate impression felt by the absence of reliably inclusive reveals — together with How to Get Away With Murder (which ended at ABC), Stumptown and GLOW (each “un-renewed” amid pandemic-related delays) and The L Word: Generation Q (MIA resulting from pandemic-related delays) — factors to how however a couple of reveals account for a important quantity of illustration.

Similarly, GLAAD notes that “out energy gamers” Greg Berlanti, Lena Waithe and Ryan Murphy, together with Shonda Rhimes, this yr accounted for 17% of all LGBTQ illustration, with 62 of the 360 characters (throughout broadcast, cable and streaming) showing on their 16 sequence. Said in a different way: About 5% of all reveals account for 17% of LGBTQ characters.

Other toplines from the 24-page report:

*Among broadcast networks, The CW for a fourth season in a row posted the highest share of LGBTQ sequence common characters (14.2%); ABC positioned second with 9.9%. Only Fox noticed a rise (from 7.9% to eight.5%), adopted by NBC’s 8.3%. CBS continues to be the least inclusive of the broadcast networks, dropping from 5.5% final yr to only 2.9%.

*Considering Legends of Tomorrow’s Sara to be half of an ensemble, GLAAD says that The CW’s Batwoman is now the solely broadcast show with an LGBTQ lead character (with Javicia Leslie’s Ryan Wilder changing Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane).

*Of broadcast’s 101 LGBTQ common and recurring characters, 34% are lesbians, 13% are bi+ ladies, and 6% are trans ladies (4 of whom are straight and two of whom have an unknown sexual orientation). Additionally, 40% are homosexual males, 5% are bi+ males, and there are 4 complete trans males (one who’s bisexual, one who’s straight, and two whose sexual orientation is unknown).

*On primetime scripted cable sequence, 26% of LGBTQ characters are lesbians, 21% are bi+ ladies, and 4% straight trans ladies; 36% are homosexual males, 9% are bi+ males, and there are three trans males (one every straight, homosexual and bisexual). Also, there have been three non-binary characters on cable this yr.

*Cable programming noticed the largest lower in LGBTQ characters year-over-year, down from 215 to 118. GLAAD cites this as “additional proof of some extent {that a} handful of sequence, whereas excellent, have an outsized impression.”

*Among cable networks, FX leads with 20 LGBTQ common and recurring characters — half of that are set to seem on the subsequent season of Pose. Freeform follows with 19, whereas Showtime has 18.

*On the three streaming companies that GLAAD tracks (Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix, 28% of LGBTQ characters are lesbians, 19% are bi+ ladies, and three% are straight trans ladies; 36% are homosexual males, 12% are bi+ males, and 4% are trans males.

*GLAAD beforehand referred to as on all platforms to make sure that inside two years, half of LGBTQ characters are individuals of colour. Broadcast-TV had already achieved that objective, and this yr cable reveals joined the fold (with 52%). Streaming is now the solely platform the place the majority of LGBTQ characters are white.

*Looking at racial variety amongst all TV characters, of the 773 sequence regulars counted on broadcast tv, 46 % are individuals of colour — a one percentage-point lower from the earlier yr’s excessive of 47 %. NBC leads the broadcast networks with 52%, adopted by The CW (49%), ABC (47%), CBS (43%) and Fox (35%, down for a second straight yr).

*Looking a sequence common characters residing with a incapacity (together with these with non-apparent disabilities), there was a slight enhance to three.5 % inclusion — although GLAAD says that quantity continues to “severely underrepresent” the precise U.S. inhabitants residing with disabilities. Among broadcast networks, NBC leads with 18 such characters (on sequence reminiscent of Chicago P.D., This Is Us and Superstore), adopted by ABC and CBS (three every), The CW (two) and Fox (simply 9-1-1‘s Gavin).

*Across all platforms tracked, solely three complete characters are individuals residing with HIV, down by six from the yr prior — and all three seem on FX’s Pose.

*Notting the strides made in youth-oriented programming reminiscent of Nick’s The Loud House, Disney XD’s DuckTales, Disney Channel’s The Owl House and Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, GLAAD this yr introduced a second GLAAD Media Awards class to honor excellent LGBTQ programming for younger audiences.



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