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LGBTQ characters flooding TV

Published:Friday | November 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM
This image released by NBC shows (from left) Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally in 'Will & Grace'.


TV series are including more LGBTQ characters and adding gender-nonconforming ones, but there's a need for richer, more complex stories about them, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD.

LGBTQ depictions increased in the current season across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, the group's annual Where We Are on TV study released yesterday found.

Shows contributing to the change include NBC's reboot of Will & Grace and The Deuce on HBO.

"While we're pleased to see numbers on the rise, consideration of how LGBTQ characters are woven into storylines and whose stories are making it to screen is crucial for judging progress of the industry. And there is still work to be done," Megan Townsend, GLAAD's entertainment research and analysis director, said in a statement.

Of the 901 characters set to appear regularly on prime-time network series in the 2017-18 season, 6.4 per cent are identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender or queer.

Among regular and recurring LGBTQ characters on broadcast networks, lesbian representation rose to 24 per cent on broadcast and 21 per cent on cable, both representing a seven per cent increase after the 2016-17 season in which a number of lesbian or bisexual female characters were killed.