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Study: More gay characters on TV, but lesbian/bi women keep getting killed off

(AP) A record number of gay characters are featured on broadcast series, but small-screen shows overall can be deadly for the female ones, according to a study released Thursday.

More than 25 lesbian and bisexual female characters died on scripted broadcast, cable and streaming series this year, the media advocacy group GLAAD found in its report on small-screen diversity.

While TV remains far ahead of film in gay representations, the medium “failed queer women this year” by continuing the “harmful ‘bury your gays’ trope,” the report said.

The violent deaths included characters Poussey Washington (played by Samira Wiley on “Orange is the New Black”) and Bea Smith (Danielle Cormack on “Wentworth”).

It’s part of a decade-long pattern in which gay or transgender characters are killed to further a straight character’s storyline, GLAAD said, sending what it called the “dangerous” message that gay people are disposable.

For its annual report titled “Where We Are on TV,” researchers tallied the LGBTQ characters seen or set to be portrayed in the period from June 2016 to May 2017. Counts were based on series airing or announced and for which casting has been confirmed.

The study, which in 2005 began examining other aspects of diversity on TV, found record percentages of people of color and people with disabilities depicted on broadcast shows.

For full results, visit www.GLAAD.org/WhereWeAreOnTV16.

 

NC House Member Comes Out as Bisexual

(AP) A North Carolina House member says he's making public his bisexuality so people know members of the LGBT community remain in the General Assembly and will keep speaking up against discrimination.

Democratic Rep. Cecil Brockman of Guilford County told the News & Record of Greensboro (http://bit.ly/2elrPho) of his decision to come out. Brockman is a first-term legislator who faces no opposition next week for a second two-year term.

The only other openly gay member - Guilford County Rep. Chris Sgro - is stepping down at the end of the year. Sgro leads the gay-rights group Equality North Carolina and was appointed last spring largely to oppose the law limiting LGBT rights known as House Bill 2. Brockman voted against the law last March.

 


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