Sunday, January 17, 2021

LGBT TV representation falls, Glaad report finds

LGBT representation on television decreased, an annual report by the LGBT advocacy organization Glaad has found.

The percentage of regular characters scheduled to appear on prime-time scripted broadcast television who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer decreased to 9.1 percent in the 2020-21 season, from the previous year’s record high of 10.2 percent. 

The findings were published in a report called “Where We Are on TV,” available at The report analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and looks at the number of LGBT characters on cable networks and streaming services for the 2020-2021 TV season.

Across those platforms, the 2020-21 season includes 360 LGBT characters, down from 488 in the 2019-20 season, the report found. Primetime series in the 2020-21 season feature 81 regular LGBT characters, down from 121 last season, and 37 recurring ones, down from 94. The number of transgender characters across broadcast, cable and streaming also decreased to 29 from 38 last season. 

Download the full report here

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