While the debate over straight actors taking gay roles in film wages on, LGBTQ representation in television has never been better. A new GLAAD report finds that there are more LGBTQ characters on broadcast, cable, and streaming platforms than ever before.
Over the past year, the number of regular and recurring queer characters has reached 433, surpassing the previous record high of 329, which was set in 2017. Queer characters in broadcast primetime has also reached a record high, with 8.8 percent (one in 11) being LGBTQ. It finds that queer men and women are equally represented, and there are more queer people of color than queer white people on broadcast TV for the first time.
"Inclusion is not just the right thing to do, but these examples prove that it is good for the bottom line," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in the report. "Audiences are clearly hungry for new stories and perspectives, and fans are showing up to support the content that is telling stories they recognize and can relate to."
Ellis wants to see representation increase to 10 percent by 2020. This shouldn't be a problem with shows like Pose, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Midnight, Texas blazing the trail.