The 2016-17 television season will have the highest percentage of LGBTQ regular characters yet, a new study released on Thursday said. The research conducted by Glaad, an LGBTQ media advocacy organization, found that 4.8% (43) of the characters expected to appear on primetime scripted broadcast TV will be LGBTQ, a record in the 21 years it has been tracking such numbers.
The report, titled Where We Are on TV, analyzes the overall diversity of prime-time scripted series on broadcast, cable and streaming services in the US. The study also found that 20% of all series regulars in 2016-17 will be black, another record number in terms of representation. Furthermore the number of regular or recurring transgender characters more than doubled from seven to 16, thanks to shows such as The Fosters and Doubt. CONTINUE