You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

GLAAD rates TV views of transgender characters

More than half of all protrayals negative, according to org's ratings

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years.

GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between “problematic” and “good.” Only 12% were considered “groundbreaking.”

GLAAD singled out “CSI” for featuring a transgender serial killer who murdered his own mother; “The Cleveland Show” for featuring a man who vomits onscreen for a long time after he discovered he had slept with a transgender character; and “Nip/Tuck,” which, among other things,featured an entire season about a psychopathic trans woman who is depicted as a “baby-stealing sexual predator who sleeps with her own son.”

The study also found that transgender characters were cast in the role of victim at least 40% of the time, they were cast as killers or villains at least 21% of the time and that anti-transgender slurs, language and dialogue was present in at least 61% of the episodes and storylines.

The release of the study was timed to Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

More TV

  • Alan Tudyk 'Rogue One: A Star

    Alan Tudyk to Star in 'Resident Alien' Pilot at Syfy, Network Sets Main Cast

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years. GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between […]

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Veronica Mars' Revival Ordered to Series at Hulu

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years. GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between […]

  • U.K. Talent Agency Artists Partnership Enters

    U.K. Talent Agency Begins Developing Film and TV Projects, Launches New Slate (EXCLUSIVE)

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years. GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between […]

  • Emmy Awards Dark

    TV Industry Says Goodbye to Emmys and Hello to Cold Reality (Column)

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years. GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between […]

  • Jordan Peele photographed by Art Streiber

    Jordan Peele Set to Host 'The Twilight Zone' Revival

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years. GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between […]

  • Broadcast Networks in Turmoil

    Broadcast in Chaos: Big Four Networks Face Era of Turmoil and Change

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years. GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between […]

  • Emmy Awards 2018 Analysis

    Variety's Critics Break Down the Highs and Lows of Emmys 2018

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says that more than half of the portrayals of transgender characters in primetime have been “negative” over the past 10 years. GLAAD studied 102 episodes and non-recurring storylines of scripted TV that contained transgender characters, and found that 54% contained “negative representations.” An additional 35% were characterized between […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content