the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity

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
    promiscuous.
  • 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
    was challenged.

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