This Pride Month, there is no shortage of groundbreaking LGBTQ+ content on TV.
More than ever before, queer representation is happening for spectrums—trans, non-binary, differently abled—on some of the most highly anticipated and impactful shows on television.
Shows are becoming more queer-friendly and include only queer actors and writers. Some shows also feature all-LGBTQ+ crews behind scenes. The days of the stereotypical gay friend or the lesbian aunt with the weird accent are over. These characters have real stories and are real people.
The trailblazing developments are happening all across different genres of TV—from comedy to drama, reality to animated—on both broadcast and streaming.
In GLAAD released a February study (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), it was revealed that 11.9 percent of the characters on broadcast television were LGBTQ+, a new record high.
For the first time, GLAAD also analyzed the eight most prominent streaming services—Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, Paramount+, Apple TV+, Disney+ and HBO Max—and found 245 LGBTQ+ series regular characters and 113 LGBTQ+ recurring characters across their programming.