What’s LGBTQ Representation Like on TV in 2018?

It’s hard to believe that there was only a handful of characters who fell into the LGBTQ spectrum on primetime television forty years ago. There was Billy Crystal on Soap, who happened to be the only actual recurring character that identified as gay, and several other ones who appeared in one- or two-episode arcs on classics like All in the Family and Barney Miller.

Those days have forever changed over the course of several years, to the point where LGBTQ representation on television is at its all time high according to a report GLAAD just released called “Where We Are on TV”.

The goal for GLAAD over the next two years is to ensure that 10 percent of series regular characters on primetime scripted broadcast series are LGBTQ. We are close to achieving that milestone given how great the numbers are currently for our community on the small screen.

GLAAD reports that 8.8 percent of all regular characters on primetime series identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer (75 out of 857). This is the highest amount on record over the course of them doing this report for the past 14 years.

Numbers significantly increased for all of the letters that make up LGBTQ, primarily for transgender actors and actresses where there are now 26 regular and recurring, up from 17 last year.

Something that has not shifted, however, since 2017, has been number of asexual characters. There were two that were introduced last year: Raphael Santiago on Freeform’s Shadowhunters and Todd Chavez on Netflix’s Bojack Horseman. Both returned this year, yet there were no others that appeared where this amount could’ve been increased.

You can view the rest of the report here. It appears as if we will hit that 10 percent by 2019 by the looks of it, as LGBTQ representation on television has come a long way and the conversation has changed for the positive (for the most part) as time has gone by.

Get Your Purple On For Spirit Day 2018 - Stand Up Against LGBTQ Bullying

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities.

Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

The first observance took place on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Later observances were held on Thursday, October 20, 2011 and Friday, October 19, 2012 before the tradition of the third Thursday of October was established in 2013.

The name "Spirit Day" comes from the purple stripe of the Rainbow flag, whose creator Gilbert Baker defined it as "representing 'spirit'".

As anti-LGBTQ policies, hate crimes, and harassment are on the rise, it is now especially important to let all marginalized youth know they are supported.

This year, Spirit Day is on October 18, 2018. Take the Spirit Day pledge to show LGBTQ youth you've got their backs at glaad.org/spiritday.

Follow @GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up to date with #SpiritDay news.




Werk: Britney Spears Will Join Spirit Day Rally This Thursday in Las Vegas

If you happen to live in Las Vegas, or are visiting the area this Thursday, and are a Britney Spears fan, chances are you will be in a great mood as the pop superstar will be doing something super special for our community that day. 

GLAAD announced this afternoon that the "Gimme More" singer will be making an appearance at a Spirit Day rally in Sin City. It's a place she's quite familiar with, given her Piece of Me tour existed there for several years.

It will take place at Toshiba Plaza starting at 6PM. Britney and GLAAD have a great relationship with one another, as she won their coveted Vanguard Award this year. Other celebs who will be attending include Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews.

Britney and many other celebrities will be going purple on Thursday for LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBTQ young people. Each year, GLAAD organizes hundreds of celebrities, media outlets, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, tech leaders, influencers, faith groups, school districts, organizations, colleges and universities in what has become the most visible anti-LGBTQ bullying campaign and united show of support for LGBTQ youth. Purple symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

Some other celebs participating include Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Laverne Cox, Sterling K. Brown, Bebe Rexha and Troye Sivan. You can learn more about Spirit Day here.

She also revealed during her most recent appearance on Ellen that she has a big announcement she'll be making the same day. New album? New tour? What is it!

Lovato Continues To Show Just How Much Of An Avid Supporter She Is Of The LGBTQ Community

Pop star Demi Lovato continues to show just how much of an avid supporter she is of the LGBTQ community.

The "Cool For The Summer" singer has launched a Pride fundraiser for GLAAD on Facebook and its already raised close to $8,000 in roughly 24 hours. 

“Join me in supporting a good cause. I'm raising money for GLAAD and your contribution will make an impact, whether you donate $5 or $500," she wrote on the official page."Every little bit helps. Thank you for your support. I've included information about GLAAD below."

"GLAAD amplifies the voice of the LGBT community by empowering real people to share their stories, holding the media accountable for the words and images they present, and helping grassroots organizations communicate effectively. By ensuring that the stories of LGBT people are heard through the media, GLAAD promotes understanding, increases acceptance, and advances equality.”



Demi has a cherished history with the organization, as they honored her with their annual Vanguard Award back in 2016. Others who have won included Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Aniston.

You can find the link to the fundraiser here.

"Stranger Things" Actress Millie Bobby Brown Off Twitter Following Homophobic Memes

Well, it looks like the Internet [and maybe humanity] has reached a new low. Mere days after Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran was cyber-bullied into removing all her Instagram posts,  Emmy-nominated Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, 14, has deleted her Twitter in the wake of a bizarre and really sick string of harassment, including homophobic memes.

Disturbed minds in the dark corners of the universe have been spreading memes and Twitter stories with outrageously slanderous [FALSE] information about the actress, and the hashtag #TakeMillieBobbyBrownDown was tossed around.

Many of the misleading memes and tweets insinuated Brown is homophobic. We aren’t sharing links or screen caps or anything of these because, again, there is absolutely no evidence to support any of them.

There is myriad evidence to suggest they’re all bogus though. Brown has repeatedly spoken in support of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), and against bullying.

As if fake news, “fake news,” and cowardly cyber-terror weren’t enough of a problem already. This should be a firm reminder to always be really, really careful about what you read on the Internet. Always check the source. I

Though Brown’s main Twitter handle has been removed, her verified handle @MillieStopsHate is still active.

Any and all reasonable human beings should be in Millie’s corner. This is a 14-year-old girl, and she’s the victim of some truly disturbing cyber attacks. If any of this was ever intended to be a joke, it couldn't be less funny.

We’ll conclude with some tweets about the whole ordeal that actually make some sense:

For more information: http://www.newsweek.com/millie-bobby-brown-cyberbullied-twitter-delete-978064

Halsey Wins GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist!

Pop singer Halsey, who has given us several hit songs to jam to over the past couple of years including "Bad at Love" and "Closer" with The Chainsmokers, was just honored as Outstanding Music Artist at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City.

Although she was not there to accept the award that night, she did send a heartfelt video message about her win on Thursday, where she discussed how special it is to receive the honor as an out bisexual woman. 

She also referenced her hit single, "Bad At Love" (co-written by GLAAD board member Justin Tranter), which showcases the difficulties she faces dating both men and women. 

Halsey also spotlighted the alarming statistic that an estimated 40% of homeless youth in the U.S. is LGBTQ. She has a call to action for all of us: "I beg you to go home and check out your local homeless youth services and see if they offer anything targeted towards the LGBTQ youth. See how you can get involved." 

The GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist goes to an out LGBTQ music artist who released an album over the past year and used their platform to accelerate acceptance for LGBTQ people. Other nominees this year were Miley Cyrus, Honey Dijon, Kehlani, Kelela, Kesha, Perfume Genius, Sam Smith, St. Vincent, and Wrabel

See the clip below. For more information on GLAAD, check out their official website


Bisexual Actor Keiynan Lonsdale's Pirate Inspired Outfit Turned Heads In More Ways Than One

Things are going well for Keiynan Lonsdale lately.

Not only is he a part of the popular superhero show the Flash, but he also recently starred in the film Love, Simon which performed well both financially and culturally.

On top of that, Lonsdale publicly came out as bisexual after being conflicted about keeping his sexuality a secret and being a part of a film like Love, Simon. Now, he’s openly talking about his sexuality and making music celebrating same-sex love.

But most recently, people aren’t talking about what Lonsdale’s doing and more about how he looked. Lonsdale attended the GLAAD Media Awards and many were impressed or just stunned by his pirate inspired outfit.

But to those who just look at Lonsdale for his body and style, know that he’s also got a great personality too.

Before the GLAAD event, Lonsdale shared on Twitter some encouraging words of confidence and solidarity for those still in the closet like he was not too long ago.


Love you.

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Britney Dances With Her Shirtless Boyfriend and its Everything

Britney Spears was the talk of the gay town at the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday, where the pop icon received their annual Vanguard Award (presented to a member of the entertainment community who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for LGBT people). Ricky Martin was on hand to give her the coveted honor, which in past years has been presented to other gay icons like Cher, Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli just to name a few. 

Amid all the gay hoopla that she was ecstatic to be around (as was Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon who were lucky enough to get a photo with her), she still found time to get in a couple of dance moves with her unbelievably handsome boyfriend Sam Asghari.

Britney and Sam have been dating for quite some time now, as they first met back on the set of her music video "Slumber Party" last year.  Although they kept their relationship quiet early on, the adorable twosome has been posting pic after pic of them together all over the world, and this latest video of them together proves three things: Britney can still dance her ass off, Sam looks amazing both with a shirt on and without, and there is hope that he may just be the man of her dreams.

The two get up close and personal while dancing to India.Arie's song "Brown Skin" before ending the video with a sweet kiss.  Awe!  For all you diehard Britney fans out there, this is definitely a vid you are going to want to see, cherish and adore all weekend long.

Take a look:



some days you just got to dance! @samasghari

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Did Bisexual Health Awareness Month Make Us Examine Our Own Health And Our Relationship With Our Doctor?

I will admit, I didn't know March was Bisexual Health Awareness Month.  It came and went and I juts continued with my cis gay life. Do I shrug my shoulders and say, oh well, there seems to be a day or a month dedicated for anything and everything now, and move on? 

We honestly need to stop treating the Bisexual+ community as the lower case confused child of the rainbow family. Why does it seem that the most prevalent comments about the bisexual community are that they just want it all, they are confused, and they just need to pick a side. 

Enough is enough with that mentality.  Haven't we as Ls and Gs an Ts heard too many comments just like those?  As a gay man, how many times have you been asked if you've ever had sex with a woman and if the answer is no, they seem totally shocked that you never tried it and move forward with saying you should?

But what if some of these off the wall, degrading, confusing questions came from your doctor?

GLAAD.org recently posted a piece called "Six Things Bisexual+ People Are Tired Of Hearing From Their Doctors."

1) “Wow, being bisexual must make dating so easy, you’ve got all the fish in the sea.”

2) “Are you sure there is no way you could be pregnant?”

3) “You don’t need STD/STI testing because you’re in a same-sex relationship, right?” or “I think we should run some STD/STI tests, just in case.”

4) “When was the last time you had sex? I mean… real sex?”

5) “So you’ve been in a relationship for a while now. You’re not bisexual anymore? Finally picked a side?”

6) “Don’t worry, I experimented some back in college too, I know how it is”

For more elaboration on these comments, head over to GLAAD.org where Micah Prussack puts it all in context.

So imagine hearing these comments from a professional that is there to help you protect your health.  Knowing these questions and the attitude toward Bisexuals is a negative, degrading one, do bisexuals even "come out" to their doctors?  Maybe you have heard these questions from your own doctor?

The Human Rights Campaign marked Bisexual Health Awareness Month by highlighting the startling health disparities facing the bisexual community:

  • HRC’s 2017 Youth Survey conducted with the University of Connecticut is not yet published, but preliminary insights reveal that bisexual youth are more likely to avoid exercise, smoke cigarettes, and more frequently feel irritable and depressed than their lesbian and gay peers. Additionally, bisexual youth were less likely to disclose their sexual orientation to their doctors and health care providers.
  • HRC’s 2015 report Health Disparities Among Bisexual People found that when compared to their heterosexual, lesbian and gay peers, bisexual adults reported double the rate of depression and were far more likely to engage in self-harming behaviors.
  • HRC’s 2014 report Supporting and Caring for our Bisexual Youth found that bisexual, queer and pansexual youth were less likely than their lesbian and gay peers to report feeling happy, and more likely to experience being excluded and harassed.
  • In partnership with BRC, BiNetUSA and the Bisexual Organizing Project, HRC Foundation’s issue brief, Health Disparities Among Bisexual People, highlighted these disparities, which include higher rates of cancer, heart disease and obesity, and higher rates of HPV and other sexual health issues, likely stemming from a lack of access to preventative care and not being out to medical providers.
  • The Williams Institute also found that bisexual people are far less likely than their gay and lesbian counterparts to disclose their sexual orientation to their medical providers, leaving them at risk of failing to have access to a full range of medically-necessary care.

Are we asking doctors to be verse in all the challenges the LGBTQ+ community may face.  Well, actually, yes.

We're asking doctors to do the best they can, and if they are at their limit of knowledge, refer us to someone that can do more, that can assist more. But we are asking for a level playing field and an open minded playing field.

Once again, I didn't know March was Bisexual Health Awareness Month, but it does raise a question, a personal one for me. Am I afraid to find a doctor that doesn't respect or know how to deal with me being a gay man?

I moved to Florida over 4 years ago and I have not been to a doctor yet.  Eye and teeth, yes, those are taken care of, but an overall health doctor/physician?  No. I have not taken the step to do the research to see what doctor may be accepting of me being a man and liking men.  If this is such an issue for me, I cannot imagine what it is like for a bisexual person, a transgender person, or any other member of our alphabet, besides the more "accepted L and G" members.

Bisexual Health Awareness Month can affect us all, even if we aren't a B.

Have you been open with your doctor about your LGBTQ+ ness?

How did you go about selecting a doctor?

Or did you keep your family doctor and just "come out" to them?

Have you left a doctor because s/he could not handle, understand, or help you because of your sexuality?

h/t: GLAAD.org, The Human Rights Campaign