This week's topic is about representation. It's just been announced that the presence of LGBTQ+ characters on TV (in the US at least) is at "an all time high" according to the GLAAD Where We Are on TV report.
Some quick stats:
"Of the 879 series regular characters expected to appear on broadcast primetime scripted programming in the coming year, 90 (10.2 percent) were counted as LGBTQ."
"Notably for the first time this year, LGBTQ women on primetime broadcast scripted series outnumber LGBTQ men on those programs. Of the 120 LGBTQ characters on broadcast, 53 percent are women and 47 percent are men. There is one non-binary character on broadcast. Additionally, this is the second year in a row on broadcast where LGBTQ people of color outnumber white LGBTQ people, 52 percent to 48 percent. "
"The number of transgender characters is up this year, from 26 to 38 characters across broadcast, cable, and streaming. Of those 38 characters, 21 are transgender women, 12 are transgender men, and five are non-binary characters."
It would be super interesting to know if the same applies to TV in the UK. But more importantly, do you feel more represented? We know that shows like Orange is the New Black been pioneering, with highly queer casts, but how do you feel about TV and media in general. Do you see yourself represented?
Post by debbiedowner99 on Nov 8, 2019 16:53:08 GMT
I do think we are seeing a lot more but I'm not sure it's always positive. How many times do they kill off LGBT people? Or we are never sexualised in the same way others are. I think there's a lot more to do.
Post by Sammy from Facebook on Nov 8, 2019 16:54:59 GMT
I am a trans man and I don't feel there's enough representation. I think if you are a gay man there's lots but not for the rest of us. TV has the power to change attitudes and with trans people going through a tough time it would help if programmes represented us fairly.
I think it's positive to see an increase in lgbtq+ characters on TV providing they are represented in a positive and affirming way and not as stereotypes. What I think is sorely lacking are programmes specifically aimed at and for our community. There is a deep void here. I remember in the UK programmes such as "Out on Tuesday" in the late 80's - a magazine type of programme keeping people up to date with important matters affecting our community. Nothing like this now exists sadly.
There are two tv shows where the main character(s) is (are) pansexual/queer - "Wynonna Earp" and "The 100". But frankly whether my sexuality is being represented - I don't care about that. What I care more about is that this character survives to the end of the show. On "The 100" in season 3 the writers killed the lesbian which sends a bad message to us - something like "you wanted a gay character - here it is but now we'll kill them!". Sure, the main pansexual character did survive to the end of the show but I'm guessing the reason for that was that if she dies, the show ends bc there would be no show without her. Fortunately that was one of the very few tv shows where the LGBT characters die (not all of them but some did - The 100, Star Trek Discovery; also Chicago Fire where the lesbian character Leslie Shay died in the premiere of season 3). On all the others I've seen (Supergirl, Shadowhunters, Wynonna Earp) the LGBT characters stay alive till the end.