"The Red Line", "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" are among the series that have raised the level of diversity in the television network this season, according to a report published by Glaad, an organization that tracks the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the media.
The annual study, published on Thursday, analyzed the original programs in primetime through cable networks, open television and broadcast.
He found that 8.8 percent of the series' usual TV shows in the 2018-19 season are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or stranger, a record since Glaad's reports expanded to count all the regulars of the series. series 14 years ago. It is also a significant increase of 6.4 percent last year. Men and women are equally represented among those characters, while men accounted for 55 percent of the characters last year.
The report also found that, for the first time, L.G.B.T.Q. The characters currently include more people of color (50 percent) than whites (49 percent). Advances have also been made in the number of bisexual, transgender and H.I.V.
"Not just stories that explore the rich lives and identities of L.G.B.T.Q. People move the needle forward culturally, but pay in grades, "said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of Glaad. "Programs like" Will & Grace "," Supergirl "," Empire "and" How to escape with murder "attract millions of viewers weekly and show that audiences are eager for new stories and perspectives."
The CW is ranked as the most inclusive transmission network, while FX leads the cable networks in this regard. The report highlights the effects of FXPose ", which has the largest number of regular users of the transgender series in a series with an American script, and" Supergirl "of CW, which presented Dreamer (Nicole Maines), the first transgender superhero of television, in the Season Four.
Broadcast television can (more or less) pat itself on the back for improvements in terms of race: the percentage of black characters has increased to 22 percent from 18 percent from the previous year, while the percentage of characters from the islands of Asia and the Pacific rose to 8 percent from 7 percent. The number of Latino characters has remained stable at 8 percent.
The greatest improvement can be seen in the transmission services. The total number of L.G.B.T.Q. The characters in Amazon, Netflix and Hulu have more than doubled, and increase to 112 from 65. Of the three platforms, Netflix is home to most of these characters.
Although people with disabilities remain tremendously underrepresented, the percentage of characters has increased to 2.1 percent from 1.8 percent.
In the midst of this progress, the representation of women has continued to lag behind: they represent 43 percent of the regular characters on prime-time television, while they represent about 51 percent of the population of the United States. , According to the Census Bureau.