GLAAD report shows TV is telling more LGBT+ stories than ever

GLAAD released its annual Where We Are on TV report, a comprehensive forecast of LGBT+ characters expected in primetime scripted programming in the 2019-2020 television season. Below are key findings from the source:

  • Of the 879 series’ regular characters scheduled to appear on broadcast scripted primetime television this season, 90 (10.2%) are LGBT+. There are an additional 30 LGBT+ recurring characters.
  • Of the 488 total regular and recurring LGBT+ characters on scripted primetime broadcast, cable, and streaming programs, 38 (8%) are transgender, and they appear on only 28 shows.
  • Bisexual+ characters make up 26% of all LGBT+ characters across all three platforms (broadcast, cable, and streaming). This is a 1% decrease from last year, and far from the reality that bisexual+ people make up the majority of the community.
  • Netflix once again has the highest number of LGBT+ regular and recurring characters on its scripted originals among streaming services tallied, while Showtime is the most LGBTQ-inclusive network on cable. The CW is again the most LGBT+ inclusive broadcast network, with 15.4% of series regulars counted as LGBT+.
  • This year, there has been only one asexual character counted across all platforms (Todd Chavez on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman). This is a drop from two asexual characters last year.

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