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Nearly half of Brits think LGBTQ+ people are over-represented on TV, survey finds



More than four in 10 (44%) Britons think LGBTQ+ people are over-represented on television, according to new findings from YouGov.


The survey of 1,000 people also found that roughly the same amount of respondents (45%) believe ethnic minorities are over-represented on screen, with just 26% viewing them as under-represented.


Britons were found to be more likely than the five other nationalities surveyed to view broadcast media as an inaccurate representation of society.


In fact, the UK has a higher proportion of people than in Italy, France, Spain, Chile and Australia who think the LGBTQ+ community is over-represented on TV.


Recent data from the census in England and Wales found that a total of 1.5 million respondents (3.2% of the population aged 16 years or older) said they identified as LGB+, with urban areas seeing the highest proportions of LGBTQ+ people.


Furthermore, 18.3% said they come from an ethnic minority background.


Although no reliable figures exist about LGBTQ+ representation on TV in the UK, GLAAD’s annual Where We Are on TV report found that it has reached record highs in the US in recent years – though media representation continues to be an issue for the community.


In film, for example, just 20.8% of movies released by the seven highest-grossing studios in the world included LGBTQ+ characters.

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