GLAAD recently published it’s “Where We Are on TV” report highlighting diversity in TV programming. Spanning from June 1st, 2016 to May 31st, 2017, the organization estimated the percent of minority, LGBT, and disabled characters on television.
According to the report "4.8% of all broadcast series-regular characters expected to appear in the coming season are LGBTQ — the highest percentage in study’s 21-year history. Black characters accounted for 20% of all broadcast series regulars, and characters with disabilities for 1.7% — both also all-time highs. Across broadcast, cable and streaming, the number of transgender series regulars more than doubled from seven last season to 16 this season.“
All numbers point to a positive progression among TV series, but GLAAD does express caution. A need to promote diversity is necessary to continue the expansion and acceptance of diversity in entertainment.