LGBT on TV: Controversy or no?


Over the past few years, due to new marriage laws regarding same sex marriage, more and more LGBT people have been appearing on Television. In the current TV season, lesbian, gay or bisexual characters make up 3.9% of the total number of series regulars on prime-time shows on the five broadcast networks. That marks an increase over last season’s 3.3% but falls short of 2012’s record high, 4.4%. , according to a report by media advocacy organization GLAAD.

“I don’t think it’s a big deal, why can’t they be on TV? I’m not saying I support their lifestyle, but it’s now right to say that they shouldn’t be allowed on TV. It’s discrimination otherwise,” parent Debbie Brown said. “Are we really to judge just because of their sexuality? We aren’t in the days where things like this were kept as a hush and was not accepted in society.”

The world has changed drastically and things aren’t as they were in the early 90’s.

“Television networks are playing a key role in promoting cultural understanding of LGBT lives around the world, and are now producing some of the best LGBT-inclusive programming we’ve yet seen,” said GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. “As they move forward with new programs and storylines, networks must also keep an eye toward diversity and strive to include significant transgender content comparable to those efforts being made by their online competitors, such as Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and Amazon’s Transparent.”

“It’s not right, you know? There are so many shows now like “Modern Family” that my kid’s are watching. It’s not right to have that on family shows like that. It’s like nowadays parents need to censor and watch things before their kids do. So many thing in this world is being portrayed as right and is being exposed to children without parents knowing. I have nothing against LGBT but I feel as though there should be a limit,” Pastor Keelan Fielder said. Maybe there should be a different channel for things like this to be put on. Children may be confused or curious at a much earlier age if things like this are being shown to them.

This controversy has people all around the world cheering, while others left angry. Webster Dictionary defines love as an intense feeling of deep affection or feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to (someone). I don’t see anywhere in the definition specifying who can be loved by who. The world is evolving, how can we preach about making everyone equal and have the same rights, if that’s not what is being done. Although many religions and people are against the lifestyle it’s not right to discriminate.