GLAAD TV Study Reveals More Gay Characters, Mostly On ABC Or True Blood

Meanwhile, not surprisingly, the queer characters on television remain mostly white and male:

Male characters continue to outweigh female characters 59% (345) to 41% (242) in overall numbers, while 77% (449) of all series regular characters are white. African American representation has increased slightly to 12% (71) while Latino/a representation has remained steady at 5% (29). GLAAD counted 25 Asian Pacific Islander characters (4%), two more than last season.

Though GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios praised the higher levels of gay on television, he also warned programmers that viewers need to see a positive reflection of their identity, not simply one part of it.

"While the number of characters is increasing, many members of our community still do not see stories reflecting their lives," said Barrios. "It is troubling that the broadcast networks will not feature even one black LGBT character or one transgender character in the upcoming primetime lineup.”


  1. AndrewW says

    This is what we get for $15 million a year? A study that tells us what we already know?

    GLAAD is a waste of money. Stop giving.

  2. AERES says

    I always thought these kinds of studies missed the point.

    From a viewer’s standpoint I’d rather the networks air quality programming that I want to watch based on its merits – not solely on race, gender or sexuality of its character cast.

    Bascially, who cares if they include LGBT characters. Sure, its nice when they do – but at the same many of those characters are simply type cast as gay stereotypes.

    I’d almost rather NOT see those than see them, personally.

  3. Ted B. says

    Who needs G/L characters on prime-time TV if they’re just reinforcing stereotypes or stock perverts and deviant villains. While amusing minstrels, could we have more G/L characters who break the mold, or who are unexpectedly gay or lesbian?

  4. Bosie says

    GlAAD & HRC are just abotu the money and lavishes parties….WHAT A JOKE the organizations have become….LOOK at GETEQUAL….they’re actually fighting and I plan to join them instead.

  5. says

    BBC America

    an american cable channel has far more gay characters and quality programing to boot

    GLAAD is useless except for smoozing at holywood shindigs

  6. Roxy says

    The outcome is that there is not a single LGBT person of color on tv? And they even show a picture of darkskinned Lafayette from True Blood? Epic FAIL of a study!!

  7. says

    “There’s still lots of room for improvement. Of the 23 LGBT regular characters on broadcast TV, just 6 are people of color and 2 are people with disabilities. If you add in recurring characters who may not appear regularly, the picture is even more homogeneous — 81% of regular and recurring LGBT characters are white. There is only one trans character on scripted TV this season — Adam on Degrassi. And while the broadcast season includes a few lesbian and bisexual women, a breakdown of its LGBT characters reveals a significant slant toward the gay, white male.

    Clearly TV has improved in its inclusion of LGBT characters, but it has a ways to go in terms of diversity. Gay white men on popular shows like Sex & the City and Will & Grace may have made this particular demographic more acceptable than most to TV writers and producers, but it’s time for them to incorporate gay people of color, people with disabilities, and trans people as well. And to those who might find this recommendation too PC, remember that inclusion isn’t just political, it’s also aesthetic: shows are better the more stories they have at their disposal. Why would they want to limit themselves to narratives about people who are male, or able-bodied, or white?”