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GLAAD Report: 2016 Was A Year Of Representation But Also, Mostly, Murder For Lesbians On TV [AUTOSTRADDLE]
(Autostraddle) – I think one of the reasons Lexa’s death caused so much outrage is that she seemed like the ultimate symbol of queer women having arrived. She hadn’t come onto The 100 as a Queer Character; her relationship with Clarke evolved naturally, the way it would between any straight characters. She was complicated and layered and beloved. Her death, and the landslide of lesbian/bi deaths that came after it, were crushing because they shook the hope out of us. And it was more than just a feeling. One of the bleakest things about this year’s Where We Are On TV…
(Time) – “For all the advancement made, many LGBTQ characters still fall into outdated stereotypes or harmful tropes,” Ellis wrote in the survey. The stereotypes include the tendency to kill off LGBTQ characters—throughout 2016, more than 25 queer female characters have died on TV.
(The Hollywood Reporter) – On the flip side, GLAAD blasted broadcast networks for their proliferation of the decades-old “Bury Your Gays” trope in which gay or bisexual female characters are killed off at a higher rate in order to further the storylines of straight leading characters. The trope went mainstream this past broadcast season following the deaths of lesbian or bisexual characters on shows including The 100, The Walking Dead and more. GLAAD said that broadcast series specifically “failed queer women” this year, with more than 25 lesbian and bisexual characters being killed off of scripted TV on both broadcast…
The Hollywood Reporter
(The Daily Beast) – It feels odd, though, to be celebrating what remains a paltry number; if 5 percent against 95 percent is a number we should celebrate, it also shows how far Hollywood has to go in fully evoking LGBTQ people, and our diverse lives, on the TV shows it makes.
The Daily Beast
(Vanity Fair) – There are more L.G.B.T.Q. characters on TV than ever, on a wider range of platforms, and playing a huge array of roles. It’s never been a better time to be a queer person looking to see yourself on TV—that is, unless you’re a lesbian. GLAAD’s annual report on L.G.B.T.Q. representation is out for the 2016–2017 season, and as always, it’s a mixed bag of good news and bad news. Nearly 5 percent of all TV characters are L.G.B.T.Q.; trans representation alone has more than doubled. But the report also confirms that Dead Lesbian Syndrome has been very…
There are more LGBTQ characters on television than ever, but GLAAD says TV ‘failed queer women’ [WASHINGTON POST]
(Washington Post) – GLAAD cites record-high LGBTQ representation in its annual report on television diversity, but the media advocacy group says that television “failed queer women” this year, killing off a staggering number of lesbian and bisexual female characters.
(Deadline) – Lesbian representation dropped dramatically on broadcast television, down 16 percentage points to 17% of all LGBTQ characters, according to the report. Lesbian representation is also down on cable, to 20%, from 22% reported last year.
GLAAD Report: LGBTQ Representation Hits High, But Broadcast TV ‘Failed Queer Women, Sends Toxic Message’ [TVLINE]
(TV Line) – GLAAD’s “Where We Are on TV” report this year forecasts an all-time high in the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and queer (LGBTQ) characters on TV, though the broadcast networks’ treatment of queer females has been “especially disappointing” and “sends a dangerous message.”
(Vulture) – Beyond the quantitative data, GLAAD also pointed to the persistent and problematic “Bury Your Gays” trope — that is, the tendency for television shows to kill off their queer characters, usually for the growth and edification of a straight character — particularly as it relates to women. GLAAD reports that 25 lesbian and bisexual female characters died on television since the beginning of 2016, counting Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack) in Wentworth, Cara Thomas (Florence Pugh) in Marcella, and Camila Barrios (Danielle Vega) in East Los High as examples. Indeed, there were a number of other controversial deaths this year,…