University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This content analysis of nine television shows from the 2016-2017 season across broadcast and streaming platforms seeks to understand the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender characters. The study updates a content analysis published in 2006 by Amber Raley and Jennifer Lucas that studied the 2001 television season. This study aims to understand how the representation of LGBT characters on television has changed since 2001, how representation of bisexual and transgender characters differs from homosexual characters, and how representation on streaming platforms differs from broadcast shows. The findings suggest that representation of bisexual and transgender characters has increased since 2001 and that LGBT characters are portrayed making displays of affection more than was seen in 2001. The analysis also shows that representation of bisexual and transgender characters still lags behind lesbians and gay men in some ways and that overall there is more LGBT representation on streaming platforms than on broadcast television.
Dr. Elizabeth Gailey, Advisor; Dr. Michael McCluskey, examiner
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Mass media and gays; Sexual minorities on television; Homosexuality on television
Cook, Carson, "A content analysis of LGBT representation on broadcast and streaming television" (2018). Honors Theses.