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GLAAD report reveals mostly good news
2016-12-28

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GLAAD recently released 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 streaming services for the 2016-2017 TV season. This marks the 21st year that GLAAD has tracked the presence of LGBTQ characters on television.

The report found the highest percentage ( 4.8 percent ) of LGBTQ regular characters on broadcast television since GLAAD began tracking all broadcast regular characters 12 years ago. Other encouraging findings include a record-high percentage of Black series regular characters on broadcast television ( 20 percent of all series regulars ) and a record-high percentage of regular characters with disabilities on broadcast television ( 1.7 percent ).

However, on the flip side, lesbian representation dropped dramatically on broadcast television, down 16 percentage points to 17 percent of all LGBTQ characters. Lesbian representation is also down on cable, to 20 percent— from 22 percent reported last year.

Bisexual representations on broadcast rose to 30 percent, up 10 percentage points from last year. The number of regular and recurring transgender characters across all three platforms tracked has more than doubled, from seven characters last year to 16.

The report is at GLAAD.org/whereweareontv16 .


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