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TV is more diverse than ever, according to new report

GLAAD’s findings appear to prove that television is finally on its way into the modern world

It’s 2016. It’s a world supercharged with movements such as Black Lives Matter, female-focused organisations and the evergrowing presence of trans communities. You'd expect that television would reflect these realities more accurately. Well, if there's one small glimmer of good news 2016 has to offer us, it's that finally representation seems to be improving. 

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is an organisation devoted to ensuring all demographics are represented in entertainment. Today GLAAD has released promising results in it’s annual Where We Are on TV Report which showed an increase in representation of LGBTQ characters as well as an increase in racial diversity - the highest numbers reported by GLAAD in the 12 years. This year the percentages of black characters and disabilities were also at a record high. 

However, there is still work to be done. Recurring characters decreased from 58 to 50. It continued to state that gay men still represent the majority of LGBTQ regular and recurring cable characters at 46 per cent while lesbians only make up 20 per cent of the LGBTQ characters, which is a drop from previous reports. Bisexual women account for 25 per cent of LGBTQ characters while bisexual men make up 7 per cent and transgender people make up 4. Still, while there is still headway to be made, the numbers are more promising than they have ever been.

Shows such as EmpireBlack-ish and How to Get Away with Murder, have been spearheads in providing these positive results. As well as this, social media has broken excellent ground. Campaigns like #OscarsSoWhite have sparked debate over racial diversity in the entertainment industry.

It’s clear that the battle is far from over, and unfortunately the move toward equality in the industry won’t be an overnight change. But let’s hope we see Hollywood get it's shit together in 2017. You can view the full report here.