Primetime American television has more LGBT characters in its programming than ever before, according to a report released by the LGBT activist organization GLAAD.
GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” annual report found that of the 857 characters expected on television for the 2018-2019 season, 75 of them, or 8.8 percent, were counted as “LGBTQ.”
This is the highest percentage that GLAAD has reported since they began tracking the number of LGBT characters 23 years ago.
“There were an additional 38 recurring LGBTQ characters. This is 113 total LGBTQ regular and recurring characters on primetime scripted broadcast TV, up from the previous year’s 86,” stated GLAAD last week.
“The five broadcast networks are ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC. The CW counts the highest percentage of LGBTQ series regulars of all series regulars.”
GLAAD also found that for the first time, LGBT characters who are racial minorities outnumbered Caucasian LGBT characters.
“GLAAD is calling on the industry to make sure that within the next two years, 10 percent of series regular characters on primetime scripted broadcast series are LGBTQ,” stated the organization.
“This is an important next step towards ensuring that our entertainment reflects the world in which it is created.”
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Source: Christian Post