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GLAAD Study Finds Fewer Women & Black Characters on TV

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Entertainment Media Team recently released its annual "Where We Are on TV" study. The Team not only works with entertainment-related media platforms to encourage fair, accurate, and inclusive representation of LGBTQ people, but also to combat problematic content and instances of defamation in these industries.

The study concluded that "women and people of color still struggle for representation." The amount of female series regulars on primetime scripted broadcast series has increased by roughly 1% but one of the largest underrepresented groups is still black women. There 69 female characters versus 111 male characters of color on these series and ultimately, there are still voices that need to be heard.

The team highlighted that FOX comes the closest to accurately reflecting our population’s gender balance with 48% of its series regulars being female. This is no different than the report last year but the network is still maintaining its strong representation of women. In terms of LGBTQ characters females outnumbered males by over 42% which is quite the accomplishment since the figure practically doubled from last year.

Throughout the study the authors stressed the importance of introducing more racially diverse LGBTQ characters going forward as well as more female LGBTQ characters since this has been a very deadly year for queer female characters. Networks like FOX and ABC have been making strides for women and people of color but there is still a long path ahead.

Read the full study here.


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