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BBC review: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel under represented in broadcasting

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  1. Dangermouse 13 Dec 2012, 3:33pm

    no surprise there then.

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Dec 2012, 3:35pm

    A bit rich considering the BBC have given very little coverage of supporters of equal marriage but devoted much of it to those in opposition.

    1. Very true. My husband and I were interviewed by them on Sunday night and the article was featured in the 10pm news. However more time was given to those against. We made several great points which should have been aired but was left out.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Dec 2012, 4:43pm

        Of course, it’s always been a very biased right wing supportive institution. I resent the fact that we as gay people have to pay for a tv licence to sustain its reason for existing. It’s unfair and unjust. I wonder why this sudden attention to better depiction of gay people? It’s too late as far as I’m concerned. They’re the same nasty bigoted organisation it always has been and always will be and forever in a very cosey bed with the right wing Tory backbenchers and CoE both of whom have remained rather silent in the recent heterosexual paedophilia scandal involving Jimmy Savile.

    2. “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.

      So why did they need to spend two years asking the question and how many thousand license fees did it cost?

  3. Under represented, outside of the stereotypes certainly.

    1. The BBC – infact ALL Televison channels certainly need to represent regular Gay men and Lesbians as well as transgender and real bisexuals – they still represent gay men primarily by the offensive, and dated Larry Grayson types!

  4. BBC still needs to do a lot more on programmes for young people. Allegories such as vampires (gay people) and breathers (breeders) are not good enough. Nor are werewolves and wizards etc

    1. It’s not just young people who need positive role models. I’d like to see more middle-aged gay men and women, especially in dramas.

  5. Jock S. Trap 13 Dec 2012, 4:17pm

    So shocked…. Not!! lol

    Would be nice if they at least stayed impartial on marriage Equality instead of clearly supporting the negative religious extremists by only tending to report from them.

    1. I actually think the BBC has taken a very fair and un-biased stance when covering reports concerning marriage equality. in fact, most recent news stories have actually very clearly highlighted the type of bampots and fundamentalists who oppose marriage equality as opposed to the relatively sane and rational members of society who do support the issue, that’s is you can class Cameron, Osbore and Boris as sane and rational.

      1. Robert in S. Kensington 13 Dec 2012, 6:44pm

        The thing is, for those of us who don’t watch the BBC, we seldom hear of positive reporting on equal marriage, only the negative. I’ve read nothing in the papers to suggest othewise. Nothing will convince me it has changed or will ever change.

      2. Jock S. Trap 14 Dec 2012, 9:45am

        Thats why the majority of the time when the BBC reports about marriage equality it’s from the view of the extremist Churches of Scotland and England.

        They hardly ever report on important organisations that support only those that condemn.

        That is not being impartial. That is taking sides assuming All licence fee payers are supporting them…. well I don’t!

  6. The Daily Mail and the right wing press would have a field day with this story, they seem to think the BBC is run by communists, gays and Muslims anyway.

  7. I do think there has been a fair amount of LGBT storylines in soaps and dramas on TV, although usually by the very nature of those programmes, they are usually over-exaggerations of reality, but at least they are visible.

    One of my favourite characters at the moment is Antoine Malick on Holby City. Apart from one brief storyline that involved another doctor who was struggling coming to terms with his own sexulaity, (as well as an initial annoying trait of referring to himself in the third person which thankfully was soon dropped) Malick has been developed as a strong individual who coincidentally happens to be gay. That speaks volumes – much more than some tawdry ménage-á-trois angle.

    There are a lot more openly gay presenters and broadcasters on TV nowadays and the fact that Clare Balding, Paul O’Grady, Stephen Fry and many, many others have become household names shows that they are no longer viewed as just “the token poof!”

    1. GulliverUK 13 Dec 2012, 5:09pm

      Great KyleF, so my problem is I don’t watch Eastenders religiously !! :D

      I’ll bear that in mind. They’ve done nothing to combat homophobia, or bring about cultural understanding. US television has made enormous efforts — because it’s also popular.

  8. GulliverUK 13 Dec 2012, 5:07pm

    .Two years on, from the last time they said we were under-represented, they have done absolutely nothing to address it. They have failed their own charter, failed the nation, failed us, and failed the rest of the world (nation shall speak unto nation).

  9. BBC- please son’t make our sexuality THE story – as in Eastenders and all the other story-lines- but make US part of the story.

  10. Just once in awhile it would be nice to see a happy gay or lesbian couple in an advert, without them being represented in a jokey or controversial way.

  11. I don’t feel we are under represented or even badly represented compared to other minority groups. I always welcome Gay characters in TV and film – even the unsavory depictions. The BBC has definitely given too much of a platform to anti- equality pundits of late but claims they are a right wing organization are crazy. They are more often accused by the right of being intrinsically leftist. There are so many Gay broadcasters working at the BBC. Time to come out, guys.

  12. The Trans Comedy Award thing sounds like a step in the right direction for the BBC – as long as they consult actual trans people -, but why just comedy? Why not highlight the representation of trans people in other areas as well? Documentaries? Serial Dramas? It suggests to me that they’re implying the only genre in which trans people belong is comedy…
    As for LGB representation, I agree with the comments above, particularly about the coverage of the equal marriage issue on BBC News. I sent a letter to them in April when the consultation started, in which I tallied up the number of minutes given to opponents of equal marriage compared to those of supporters. And yet even when faced with this evidence, they still had the gall to write back and say their coverage was equal! So yeah, I do think we aren’t getting the representation we deserve, and IMO the BBC have a long way to go.

  13. One other thing: the article says that the BBC did a separate consultation on trans representation, but where is it? Has it been released yet? Where can it be read? I’ve been digging all over the BBC’s Diversity site, but it’s nowhere to be found. Also, trans people aren’t even mentioned anywhere in any report on that site…

  14. On the Mail site:

    sexualities? There are only two: Male and female. More left wing social engineering madness from the BBC to pander to a loudmouthed minority of less than 3% of the population. Indoctrinating children in this rubbish is so very wrong.
    – pedro, perth, 14/12/2012 10:36
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    Seems my predictions about the right wingers frothing at the mouth over this story were right…..

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