Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2018-11-07
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

GLAAD reports LGBTQ representation shockingly low in U.S. Spanish-language media
From a press release
2017-12-15

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


New York — GLAAD, the world's largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today released its second annual Spanish-language media report Still Invisible. Still Invisible analyzes the LGBTQ characters in primetime scripted television airing in the United States between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.

The report found that of the 698 characters in primetime ( 7pm to 11pm ), just 19 ( 3% ) were LGBTQ. Of the characters that were LGBTQ, six ( 30% ) died and six did not have motivations of their own and only served to further other characters storylines. This feeds into the common 'Bury Your Gays' trope affecting LGBTQ characters, particularly LGBTQ women. Content creators seem unable to imagine a way for LGBTQ characters to have successful relationships, families, and success professionally the way that heterosexual and cisgender characters do in the same programs.

"As the Trump administration continues its attack on marginalized groups, it's more important than ever that television share the stories of those groups onscreen," said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. "Still Invisible shows a severe lack of LGBTQ representation in Spanish-language programming — something sorely needed in a time when the country's Spanish-speaking and immigrant populations are more at risk than ever."

Still Invisible also found a severe lack of diversity among the LGBTQ characters. Of the 19, 13 were gay men, three were lesbians, two were bisexual women, and one was a transgender woman. No series offered any trans or bisexual men.

To accompany the report, GLAAD also launched the #PantallaInclusiva/ #InclusiveScreens campaign, which calls for more inclusive, non-stereotypical representation across multiple identities on all media, especially Spanish-language media. The campaign features a video from actor and activist Sara Ramirez, speaking about how seeing LGBTQ-inclusive stories in the media, especially Spanish Language media, would've meant the world to her as a child. The campaign also includes artwork from 10 Latinx LGBTQ artists to illustrate messages related to the report, video from two Latinx GLAAD Campus Ambassadors, a video about Afro-Latinx inclusion, a petition and a bilingual multi-media digital journalism essay contest in partnership with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists ( NAHJ ).

"Like a lot of Latinx people, I love Spanish-language media. I love the voices, the points of view, the way it makes me feel connected to my native Uruguay," noted GLAAD's Director of Spanish and Latinx Media Representation, Monica Trasandes. "But, like a lot of Latinx people, I'm tired of being invisible. I want to sit down, like I did as a kid and watch TV with my family and not roll my eyes or walk away annoyed at seeing yet another stereotypical portrayal."

Additional findings include:

Networks, industry press, and actors were inconsistent when they described their characters' orientations or did not address them at all. People used outdated terminology such as "sexual preference" to describe characters' orientations if they mentioned it at all.

Disproportionately, writers used bisexuality as a tool with which to ramp up the sexual content on screen rather than portraying bisexuality as a legitimate orientation.

Of the 19 LGBTQ characters, only two of them had a fully realized romantic relationship in the same way that the majority of the heterosexual and cisgender characters did.

Lack of representation of Afro-Latinx and indigenous Latinx people, as well as differently abled people, continued to be a problem.

Still Invisible comes on the heels of GLAAD English-language television report Where We Are on TV, which found that despite an increase in the number of LGBTQ characters, nuanced and complex stories were still lacking.

About GLAAD

GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBTQ acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love. For more information, please visit www.glaad.org or connect with GLAAD onFacebook and Twitter.


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

3% Conference in Chicago Nov. 8-9 2018-11-05 - The seventh annual 3% Conference will be held at the Navy Pier Nov. 8-9. The 3 percent movement came about in response to ...


Gay News

Chicago hosts Latino Fashion Week 2018-10-22 - The opening night of Latino Fashion Week was as fierce as the models walking the runway. The opening night was Oct. 11 at ...


Gay News

Lesbian CEO takes reins at New Thought Channel 2018-10-22 - At New Thought Channel, Paula Langguth Ryan serves as the chief financial officer, chief operating officer, marketing director and promotions manager. Now, has ...


Gay News


A Shire calling: Gay comedian moves from Chicagoland to LA 2018-10-17 - People often have to make big changes in their lives to order to find success. This is no different with Kyle Shire—a ...


Gay News

13th Annual Chicago Latino Music Festival to feature free shows, plethora of genres 2018-10-17 - The International Latino Culture Center ( ILCC ) of Chicago kicks off its 13th Chicago Latino Music Festival this week. From Wed., ...


Gay News

Project VIDA celebrates National Coming Out Day 2018-10-17 - On Oct. 11, Project VIDA, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Public Health, presented an event marking National Coming Out Day at ...


Gay News

TELEVISION 'Glitterbomb' engages queer Latinx community 2018-10-16 - Television now has its first national queer Latinx talk show with a gay Latino cast. LATV's Glitterbomb debuted last month and is ...


Gay News

Sisters in Cinema planning media center 2018-10-16 - The Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the rehab and building of the Sisters in Cinema Media Arts ...


Gay News

Podcast "Making Gay History" Premieres Oct. 25, Explores Movement Pre-Stonewall 2018-10-16 - [New York, NY — October 15, 2018] Making Gay History, the critically acclaimed and award-winning podcast that brings LGBTQ history to life through ...


Gay News

Sisters In Cinema Campaigns to Build Media Arts Center In South Shore 2018-10-12 - Chicago - October 9, 2018 - The Chicago-based non-profit Sisters in Cinema has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the rehab and buildout of ...


 



Copyright © 2018 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.