Friday, 14 December 2012 02:07

BBC Released A Report On Lesbian, Gay And Bisexual People's Depiction In The Media

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A few months ago, the American organization GLAAD released a report on the representation of the LGBTQ community on american TV channels. After two years of investigation, this is the turn of the BBC to publish its report on the perception in the media of lesbian, gay and bisexual people by the audience and some experts.

Tim Davie, acting director general and working in the group which conducted the survey said: "The BBC has a fundamental obligation to serve all its audiences. In fact, it’s one of the BBC’s public purposes to reflect the diversity of UK life."

The report shows that a majority of the audience is comfortable with the depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual people online, on radio and on television but this majority is straight. 3,500 people participated to this survey and 500 people identified themselves as lesbian, gay and bisexual.

Of course, because we all feel the same, lesbian, gay and bisexual people answered they feel under representated in the media.

Concerning the experts' view (Stonewall and the Lesbian and Gay Foundation), they think that broadcasters should talk more about us and should do a better depiction of our community, a more realistic one, in TV series for example.

Also, the BBC said it wants to improve the depiction of trans* people and will conduct another survey in two years to follow the evolution.