Can we still call TV the ‘Boob Tube’?
By creating an “NBC OUT” initiative, NBC News is getting even bolder in just presenting one-sided LGBT propaganda from groups like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). On Thursday, they posted an article from Variety headlined “Transgender Representation on TV Hitting New Highs.” But as usual, they found a terrible shortage of transgender characters on our television screens.
In its report on the 2015-16 television season, GLAAD found that out of the 71 regular and recurring LGBT characters in scripted broadcast, cable and streaming programs, only seven were counted as transgender, and only one a transgender man. As historic as Cox’s upcoming role on CBS may be, it’s just as much a reminder of how underrepresented and invisible the transgender community has historically been in television.
Next year, Laverne Cox will play an Ivy League-educated lawyer in the new CBS series Doubt, making her the first transgender actor to play a transgender series regular character on broadcast TV. The article claimed “It’s a looming historic moment for television, and one in a series of recent turning points that indicates change and acceptance for the transgender community.” But it’s never enough for GLAAD: “We still have a long way to go,” declared Nick Adams, GLAAD’s director of programs and transgender media.