This piece was originally published June 21, 2018 and is part of The A.V. Club’s favorite features of 2018 On a recent Sunday night (June 10, to be exact), primetime viewers found themselves with multiple options for LGBTQIA+ stories: Pose, Vida, and Claws. And not only are all three on major cable networks, but they were all created by queer people. This convergence was organic, and not remarked upon much at the time, which suggests that LGBTQIA+ representation on TV has grown enough to make it a matter of course. But a look at the big, rainbow-colored picture proves otherwise. For the last 12 years, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has conducted an annual “Where We Are On TV” study that tracks the progression of LGBTQIA+ representation on the small screen. And the latest installment found that while the overall number of queer characters has increased, they remain mostly white and male (and overwhelmingly cisgender). For every heartening development, such as the growing number of bisexual characters or Black Lightning introducing TV’s first black female queer superhero, another LGBTQ-centered show signs off for good, or the gay drama teacher who inspired NBC’s Rise is straight-washed for the… Read full this story
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