Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe, and Greg Berlanti are solely accountable for almost all of queer characters on TV.
GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy group, has launched its annual The place We Are On TV report, discovering largely constructive numbers that stem from simply 4 showrunners. Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Lena Waithe and Greg Berlanti have been answerable for one in each 5 LGBTQ characters on TV.
The examine discovered that 9.1% of sequence common characters on scripted primetime tv this season are LGBTQ, a slight lower from final yr’s file excessive. For the primary time, the report discovered that over half of LGBTQ characters on cable are individuals of colour. Whereas the regular numbers might look good from the surface, the truth that 4 powerhouse creators did the lion’s share of the work exhibits how tenuous such milestones are.
This marks the twenty fifth yr that GLAAD has tracked the presence of LGBTQ characters on tv, and the sixteenth version of the The place We Are on TV examine.
“Within the midst of a damaging pandemic, a protracted overdue cultural reckoning with racial injustice, and a transition into a brand new political period for this nation, illustration issues greater than ever as individuals flip to leisure storytelling for connection and escape,” mentioned GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis in an announcement. “This time of unprecedented change matched with elevated demand represents a chance to interrupt new floor with tales we have now not seen earlier than and create LGBTQ characters that don’t reinforce dangerous stereotypes.”
GLAAD discovered a lower in illustration of characters residing with HIV, down to 3 from final yr’s 9, all of whom seem on FX’s “Pose.” Noting the ability of the media portrayals to erase stigma and create significant change, GLAAD is looking on Hollywood to introduce new common, recurring characters residing with HIV yearly.
GLAAD singled out fashionable LGBTQ-inclusive exhibits with massive and devoted fanbases similar to “Schitt’s Creek,” “Batwoman,” “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” “Veneno,” and “She-Ra and the Princesses of Energy” as an example the industrial attraction of inclusion.
“With LGBTQ inclusion within the trade nonetheless being led by a concentrated variety of creatives and several other inclusive sequence ending on this yr’s examine, networks and streaming providers should be paying attention to the worth of this devoted viewers,” mentioned GLAAD’s Megan Townsend. “It should be a precedence to introduce nuanced and various LGBTQ characters in 2021 and past, making certain that this yr’s decreases don’t grow to be reverse progress because the trade continues to evolve and regulate to this distinctive period’s challenges.”