Good news ! More and more characters in the series are part of the LGBTQ+ community. An important representation for viewers that even reached a record for the 2021-2022 season. A total of 92 characters from the LGBTQ+ community will make regular appearances on US television. This is our number of the day.
This is a record number. According to the GLAAD association, which fights against discrimination against LGBTQ people, 11.9% of the characters in the series will represent the community on American television. Of the 775 regular characters, 92 will take on LGBTQ+ roles. An increase of 2.8% compared to 2020-2021.
For their new report on the representation of the LGBTQ+ community on television, the GLAAD association watched new series and new seasons broadcast between June 1, 2021 and May 31, 2022.
In total, no fewer than 49 additional characters will be featured in the series, bringing the total number of LGBTQ+ characters on television to 141.
GLAAD has also seen an increase in LGBTQ+ characters on cable TV shows. We can count 138 LGBTQ+ characters who will be playing regular roles. This is 20 rolls more than last year.
The same evolution on the side of streaming platforms. For this new season, the GLAAD association specifically analyzed programming from Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+, and Peacock, in addition to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. A total of 245 LGBTQ+ characters will take on the regular roles, while 113 community characters will make occasional appearances on television.
All platforms together will feature 637 characters from the LGBTQ+ community in the series in 2021-2022. A step forward for the representation of gay, lesbian or even transgender, bisexual and queer people in society.
And for the first time in the history of this report, lesbian characters are 40% more prevalent than gay characters. An increase of 22 roles from last year, or 56 lesbian characters in total on US television.
Bisexual characters also increased slightly, but again dominated by female characters with 21 roles compared to 6 for bisexual men. Just like transgender roles. Of the 42 regular and recurring roles, 20 are transgender women, 14 transgender men, and 8 are non-binary.