Oct 26, 2018 - Economy

LGBTQ TV presence hits new high

The San Francisco gay pride parade.

2018 San Francisco gay pride parade. Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

In the 2018-2019 primetime TV season, 8.8% of all regular characters on broadcast shows were LGBTQ characters — the largest percentage ever recorded, Variety reports, citing new figures from GLAAD.

Why it matters: This is a big step in furthering representation of the LGBTQ community. The next milestone challenge for networks and TV creators is to get that number to 10% by 2020. According to Variety, there were more LGBTQ characters of color on broadcast shows this season than white LGBTQ characters, which was also a first.

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