"The Red Line," "Jane the Virgin," and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" are among the series that have raised the bar on network network diversity this season, according to a report by Glaad Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People in the Media
The annual study, released Thursday, examined original screenplay prime-time programs on cable networks, television broadcasting, and streaming.
She found that 8.8 percent of television serial recorders in the 2018-19 season are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual or queer characters, a record high since Glaad's coverage was expanded to include all television series 1
The report also found that for the first time L.G.B.T.Q. Characters currently contain more colored people (50 percent) than whites (49 percent). The number of bisexual, transgenic and H.I.V. positive characters has also increased.
"There are not just stories showing the rich lives and identities of L.G.B.T.Q. People continue to move the needle culturally, but they pay off in valuations," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of Glaad. "Shows like" Will & Grace, "" Supergirl, "" Empire, "and" How to Get Rid of Murder "attract millions of viewers a week, showing that the audience is hungry for new stories and perspectives."
The CW ranks as the most inclusive broadcast network, while FX leads the cable networks in this regard. The report highlights FX & # 39; s " Pose," which features the largest number of transgender series regulars in an American script series and CW's "Supergirl," the Dreamer (Nicole Maines), the first transgender superhero television, in Season 4.
Broadcast television can (somehow) knock on the back to achieve racial improvements: the proportion of black characters has risen from 18 percent over the previous year to 22 percent, while the percentage of Asian-Pacific Islanders have risen to 8 percent from 7 percent. The number of Latino characters has remained constant at 8 percent.
The biggest improvement can be seen in streaming services. The total number of L.G.B.T.Q. Amazon, Netflix and Hulu characters have more than doubled, growing from 65 to 112. Of the three platforms, Netflix is home to most of these characters.
Although people with disabilities are still under-represented, the percentage of characters has increased 2.1 percent from 1.8 percent.
Among these advances, women's representation has continued to decline: they make up 43 percent of the regular characters on prime-time television, while they make up about 51 percent of the US population, according to the Census Bureau.