From the New York Times news section:
An annual report found that 9.1 percent of characters scheduled to appear on prime-time broadcast series identified as L.G.B.T.Q. in the 2020-21 season, down from 10.2 percent.
Isn’t that about twice the LGBQTQIQ+ percentage in the population?
By Sarah Bahr
Jan. 14, 2021
For the first time in five years, L.G.B.T.Q. representation on television decreased, an annual report by the L.G.B.T. advocacy organization Glaad has found.
The percentage of regular characters scheduled to appear on prime-time scripted broadcast television who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer decreased to 9.1 percent in the 2020-21 season, from the previous year’s record high of 10.2 percent. The number of recurring L.G.B.T.Q. characters — people who make multiple appearances in a series but are not part of the main cast — is about the same as the previous season (31 this year, compared with 30 in the prior year).
Across those platforms, the 2020-21 season includes 360 L.G.B.T.Q. characters, down from 488 in the 2019-20 season, the report found. …
For the first time, the report found, more than half of L.G.B.T.Q. characters on prime-time scripted cable series were people of color (broadcast had already achieved that figure).
Streaming was the only platform in which white L.G.B.T.Q. characters (51 percent) outnumbered nonwhite ones.
The number of transgender characters across broadcast, cable and streaming decreased to 29 from 38 last season, though the percentage of those played or voiced by transgender actors increased to 90 percent from 82 percent. The portion of L.G.B.T.Q. characters who are bisexual increased slightly, to 28 percent from 26 percent.
Representation of women remained unchanged at 46 percent of series regulars on broadcast television, but they are still underrepresented, as they make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, according to the Census Bureau.
The percentage of Black characters on broadcast television remained about the same at 22 percent (slightly down from last season’s 23 percent)
So blacks are over-represented by more than 50%.
while the percentage of Latino characters decreased, to 7 percent from 9 percent.
The New York Times doesn’t care enough about Latinos to mention they are now 18.5% of the population.
And the New York Times doesn’t care about Asians enough to mention them at all.