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GLAAD Complains That LGBTQ Representation on TV Declined in 2020

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GLAAD Complains That LGBTQ Representation on TV Declined in 2020

By Movieguide® Staff

GLAAD released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report and found that LGBTQ representation declined in 2020 compared to 2019.

GLAAD’s study found that 9.1% of series regulars (70 of 773) on broadcast in the 2020-21 TV were LGBTQ compared to 10.2% in the 2019-20 season.

“The Where We Are on TV report analyzes the overall diversity of primetime scripted series regulars on broadcast networks and looks at the number of LGBTQ characters on cable networks and streaming services for the 2020-2021 TV season,” the report description reads.

The study claims that the conclusion of particular series, the cancellation of other series, and the difficulty of new production amid the pandemic lessened the number of major LGBTQ characters from television.

The report also complained about the lack of diversity in storytelling and claimed that HIV stories were in short supply.

GLAAD and many progressives—who push for diversity regardless of talent in the entertainment industry—want to attribute the lower numbers to postponed series and lack of new productions. However, another explanation could be that the emphasis on overrepresentation, at the expense of good storytelling, blacklists a large conservative market.

Movieguide® previously reported: “…The real differentiator is not diversity or the lack thereof. While many in the entertainment sphere are obsessed with implementing diversity based on a person’s skin color or gender, very few are interested in exploring intellectual and ideological diversity. Diversity at the expense of good storytelling will hurt viewership, not increase it.”

This became apparent in 2020. Despite COVID-19’s effect on the production of new series for streaming and TV, major networks understand that to ostracize an entire market to cater to less than 5% of Americans who identify as LGBTQ.

As Christians, we are called to show Christ’s love to the LGBTQ community.  It is also important to adhere to Biblical truths and not accept entertainment’s overwhelming push to emphasize LGBTQ ideas as the ultimate truth.