GLAAD has released its annual ”Where We Are On TV” report of LGBTQ+ and racial representation on television – and per the report, CW’s Batwoman leads a network TV boost in overal queer representation.
“The CW’s Batwoman is making history this fall with the first lesbian superhero title character, as out actress Ruby Rose picks up the cape of Kate Kane/Batwoman,” reads the report. “The show will also include Kate’s romantic life, with her ex-girlfriend Sophie as a regular character, as well as new romances on the horizon. Kate’s introduction follows several other Greg Berlanti produced Arrow-verse shows with leading LGBTQ characters including lesbian hero Anissa/Thunder and Grace on Black Lightning; Alex, Nia/Dreamer, and Kelly on Supergirl; Sara/White Canary, Ava, and Constantine on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and more.”
Likewise, GLAAD’s report praised ABC’s Stumptown for featuring a bisexual lead character in Cobie Smulders’ Dex, who also has PTSD, and her brother Ansel, who has Down Syndrome. The Walking Dead was also praised for its disability representation in Aaron, an amputee. Broadcast TV set an overall high percentage for representation of disabled characters on television in 2019.
In the world of streaming, Hulu’s Runaways was noted for its portrayal of bisexual characters Karolina Dean and Nico Minoru.