LGBT+ fans everywhere deserve better than the state of LGBT+ representation in the media today. We encourage anyone who supports the better representation and handling of LGBT characters and stories in the media to join us in our movement.
We want content creators everywhere to understand that LGBT + characters are not expendable, they are not only tertiary characters, and LGBT+ relationships are not stepping stones for “real” heterosexual relationships. Storytellers can do better, and we want creators and viewers alike to commit to demanding better.
Heda, may we meet again. Your fight is over, ours is just beginning.
Members and allies of the LGBT community are demanding that TV and media stop introducing queer characters only to consistently kill them in senseless and shocking ways.
Lesbians are not unfamiliar with dying—and dying violently—in the media. An alarming 31% of lesbian or bisexual characters on American scripted TV shows between 1976-2016 ended up dead. A further 38% were simply guest characters or written off with no resolution, whilst only 10% got a “happy ending”. With the list of dead lesbian/bisexual characters now at 155 (and counting), LGBT fans demand better from media creators. These deaths almost always serve to further the plot or to provide character development for more central characters left to process the shock of the loss.
The tipping point was the unnecessary death of Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) on The 100, a series on the CW Network which caters to genre shows and teen audiences. Since the airing of episode 3×07 on March 3rd, 2016, forums and social media outlets have been flooded with outcry over the mishandling of a beloved fictional character who served as a beacon in the lives of many young LGBT and non-LGBT persons. Fans of the show – and even members of the LGBT community not previously involved with it, are upset not just due to the nature of the death itself which played into the harmful “Bury Your Gays” or “Dead Lesbian” media trope, but also due to a false sense of security derived from the repeated baiting by the writers on popular social media sites.
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We encourage anyone who supports the better representation and handling of LGBT characters and stories in the media to join us in our movement. Anyone, no matter the position they find themselves in; critic, viewer, writer, production staff are welcome to join us in spreading our message.
We also ask any media outlets or journalism sites to consider bringing attention to our cause and spread our message to as many people as possible.