In line with GLAAD’s annual research, LGBTQ illustration in scripted TV exhibits has elevated with streaming companies.
“TV is main leisure relating to telling LGBTQ tales,” Sarah Kate Ellis (president and CEO of GLAAD) said within the “The place We Are On TV” report that was launched on Thursday.
The research included 5 new streaming companies in recognition of their elevated reputation.
The research consists of each cable and broadcast channels. It additionally examines the illustration of individuals with disabilities, individuals of coloration, and girls on tv.
In line with GLAAD Netflix ranked first with 155 common or recurring characters on its drama and comedy collection.
In line with the research, that is in contrast with the prime-time packages on the ABC, CBS and CW networks, which embody a complete of 141 LGBTQ characters.
GLAAD was merely voicing criticism of Netflix’s dealing with of Dave Chappelle’s 2021 particular “The Nearer,” which was criticized by each insiders and outsiders for its anti-transgender humor. Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s co-CEO, later admitted that he had not addressed worker considerations correctly. Nonetheless the particular was nonetheless out there on the streaming web site.
The report said that it might be irresponsible to spotlight Netflix’s inclusive programming whereas not additionally highlighting the hurt Netflix did the LGBTQ group by double-down on giving antiLGBTQ content material the legitimacy and attain of their platform.
Netflix declined to remark.
GLAAD reported that the trade output was decreased by final yr’s pandemic. It expressed satisfaction that there have been nonetheless LGBTQ representations within the rebound. The rise in streaming companies like Apple TV+, Disney+ HBO Max, Paramount+, and Peacock has opened up the potential of extra inclusive programming.
These are a number of the findings from the report, sorted by platform:
The research discovered that 358 LGBTQ characters had been recurrently seen on eight streaming companies, a rise of 217 over the quantity recorded final yr. (This yr, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon had been the one streaming companies that had been monitored.
The report said that Netflix’s lead in LGBTQ representations is being maintained by foreign-language dramas. These embody “Younger Royals”, “Rebelde”, and “Elite” from Spain. They’re a part of the inclusive Netflix comedies “By no means Have I Ever”, “Q-Drive,” and “Intercourse Schooling.”
In its first GLAAD depend, HBO Max, which was launched in spring 2020, got here in second. The report said that the service had “rapidly established a fame for standout LGBTQ inclusive comedy collection,” with most of its 71 LGBTQ characters showing on comedies like “Hacks”, “The Intercourse Lives of School Ladies” or “Type Of”.
Out of 775 characters who appeared on prime-time networks, 92 (11.9%) had been LGBTQ. Within the 2019-20 report, 10.2% was the earlier document. The report said that LGBTQ characters accounted for 141 of the whole, which is a big improve over 101 final yr.
It was the primary time that lesbians had been discovered to be the vast majority of LGBTQ characters broadcast. New characters have been launched to collection like “NCIS: Hawai’i” (Regulation & Order: Organized Crime) and “Regulation & Order: Hawai’i,” which represents a big shift from TV’s criticized portrayals of queer girls as tragic characters.
The research discovered that networks have exhibits that includes a number of LGBTQ characters, comparable to “Station 19” or “Batwoman”, however there isn’t a single collection with a majority LGBTQ forged. Cable and streaming provide a number of choices, together with “Pose,” and “Queer as Folks”.
The share of collection regulars with characters of coloration was at a document 50%. This is a rise of 4 proportion factors over the earlier season. In the meantime, the variety of collection regulars with feminine characters reached a brand new excessive of 47%. From a peak of three.5%, 2.8% of community characters with disabilities had been solely 22 characters.
GLAAD said that two years in the past it had requested TV stations to verify individuals of coloration made up at the very least half the LGBTQ characters. Cable and broadcast each met the problem. The report said that cable dropped from 52% to 45 p.c this yr.
The mixed variety of recurring LGBTQ characters in cable exhibits has elevated sharply, in addition to the variety of common characters. This brings the whole to 138 for prime-time scripted cable originals. This is a rise from the 118 characters final season, however a considerable drop from 215 characters two years in the past.
After ending third within the final season, Showtime had 35 LGBTQ characters.