GLAAD Reports Record Number of LGBT Characters on U.S. Television

cam-and-mitchell-modern-familyIn major news that proves that television programming is more diversified than ever, gay rights group GLAAD is reporting that the current television season has a record number of gay, bisexual and transgender characters among its shows.  New shows like Partners, The New Normal and Go On and older shows like Modern Family bring the total number of LGBT characters on television to 111. 

The 31 LGBT characters on the five major networks amount to the highest percentage (4.4%) in the eight years GLAAD has counted of LGBT characters on network television a significant rise from last year’s percentage (2.9%).  Of network shows, Fox’s Glee is considered the most inclusive while True Blood is considered cable’s most inclusive for their total respective amounts of LGBT characters.

On the increase, GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement, “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”

Of course, it’s important to note that the number of LGBT characters doesn’t correspond to quality of characterization.  “Token” characters are counted along with the totals, so characters that might be considered stereotypes by members of the LGBT might not be a cause of celebration.  Regardless, it’s clear that television audiences are demonstrating a more open acceptance of LGBT characters, opening television to a greater array of storytelling possibilities with compelling characters with different lifestyles.

via Yahoo!

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Tom-Hardy-Taboo.jpg
Tom Hardy on How He Prepared for His Role in ‘Taboo’
"I really think about acting in two different parts. There’s convincing and not convincing acting." - Tom Hardy
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/greta-gerwig.jpg
Greta Gerwig’s Advice to New Actors: “Make your own things”
"When I suddenly feel like I can't find my footing, I listen to a song or look at a photograph or read an essay, and reconnect with what I felt the essence of the character was." - Greta Gerwig
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/viggo-mortensen-captain-fantastic.jpg
Viggo Mortensen on How He Became an Actor
"It didn’t occur to me to try acting it until I was, for an actor, relatively pretty old — 22 or 23." - Viggo Mortensen
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Michael-Fassbender.jpg
Michael Fassbender on Finding a Character: “If I can make them logical to myself, then I apply them, and that’s really it”
Fassbender talks about his parents' concern about his action aspirations and why he reject the idea that he is an "intelligent actor."
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Felicity-Jones-Rogue-One.jpg
Felicity Jones on How She Finds Inspiration For Her Characters
"As much as possible, I'm trying to understand who the characters are and why they're making the decisions that they're making." - Felicity Jones