Unseen on screen
A study into the portrayal of gay people on youth TV 2010
Some key findings:
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people were portrayed for 5 hours and 43 minutes - 4.5 per cent of total programme minutes.
- However, lesbian, gay and bisexual people were portrayed negatively for two hours and three minutes.
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people were positively and realistically portrayed for just 46 minutes, 0.6 per cent of total programmes monitored.
- Three quarters of portrayal was confined to just four
programmes – Hollyoaks, I’m A Celebrity..., How to Look
Good Naked and Emmerdale.
- Half (49 per cent) of all portrayal was stereotypical.
Gay people were depicted as figures of fun, predatory or
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people were portrayed negatively
for two hours and three minutes – accounting for 36 per cent of all portrayal.
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual people were presented in a
realistic and positive way in just 46 minutes of programming
out of 126 hours.
- Just seven minutes featured scenes where homophobia
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