Finally, some good news to report from a study! According to GLAAD's annual Where We Are on TV report, LGBTQ characters had a record year, making up 8.8 percent of all regular roles on TV. Even better, LGBTQ characters of color outnumbered white LGBTQ characters for the first time.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the breakdown of LGBTQ characters by race is led by Black characters, which comprised a record high of 22 percent. Next are Latinx and Asian Pacific Island characters who made up eight percent each of the total percentage. Men and women characters were also equal, both equaling 49.6 percent each of total characters.
"Amid one of the most tumultuous times that LGBTQ Americans have ever faced, what happens on our television screens is now more critical than ever before to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people," said GLAAD president/CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter. "Not only do stories that explore the rich lives and identities of LGBTQ people move the needle forward culturally, but they pay off in ratings--shows like Will & Grace, Supergirl, Empire and How to Get Away with Murder all attract millions of viewers weekly and show that audiences are clearly hungry for new stories and perspectives."
Other shows that have helped create this positive change also include Pose, Ryan Murphy's FX drama about life in the 1980s ballroom scene, and Vida, Tanya Saracho's drama for Starz about two estranged Mexican-American sisters who discover their mother's true sexual identity after her death.