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GLAAD releases annual TV report
2019-12-10

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LGBTQ+ media-advocacy organization GLAAD recently announced the findings of its annual "Where We Are on TV" report.

"Where We Are on TV" analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and assesses the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and original scripted streaming series on the services Amazon, Hulu and Netflix for the 2019-2020 TV season.

The report found that networks met and exceeded GLAAD's 2018 call for the industry to reach 10 percent LGBTQ+ inclusion in just one year, with a record-high percentage of LGBTQ series regulars on broadcast television at 10.2 percent of all series regulars. This is up from last year's 8.8 percent ( another record-high ), and the highest GLAAD has found since the organization expanded to count all broadcast series regulars 15 years ago.

Some of the other findings included:

—Netflix again counts the highest number of LGBTQ regular and recurring characters on their scripted originals among streaming services tallied, while Showtime is the most LGBTQ-inclusive network on cable. The CW is again the most LGBTQ-inclusive broadcast network, with 15.4 percent of series regulars counted as LGBTQ.

—Bisexual+ characters make up 26 percent of all LGBTQ characters across all three platforms. This is a 1-percent decrease from last year, and far from the reality that bisexual+ people make up the majority of the community.

—This year, there is only one asexual character counted across all platforms, ( Todd Chavez on Netflix's BoJack Horseman )—a drop from the two counted in 2018.

This marks the 24th year that GLAAD has tracked the presence of LGBTQ characters on television. The full report is at GLAAD.org/whereweareontv19.


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