GLAAD report shows LGBTQ inclusion on television at record high

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ABOVE: Daniel Levy of “Schitt’s Creek,” Ruby Rose of “Batwoman,” MJ Rodriguez of “Pose.” Photos courtesy “Schitt’s Creek,” “Batwoman” and “Pose” Facebook pages.

The mood was light and spirits were high at the offices of United Talent Agency in Beverly Hills Nov. 7, as GLAAD held the presentation of its “Where We Are On TV” report for 2019-2020

The report was authored by GLAAD Director of Entertainment Research and Analysis Megan Townsend, who told the gathered crowd of journalists and industry professionals that the percentage of regular LGBTQ characters on broadcast television reached an all-time high in 2019 – exceeding last year’s challenge by the organization to reach 10 percent inclusion on primetime scripted series by 2020.

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‘Supergirl’ unveils first trans superhero Dreamer

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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CW gave fans a first look at Dreamer, the first transgender superhero on television, in costume on “Supergirl.”

Nicole Maines will portray Nia Nal, whose alter-ego is Dreamer, on “Supergirl.” The 21-year-old actress is also transgender like her character.

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Study finds LGBTQ characters on network TV hit a record high

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | A record-high percentage of LGBTQ characters are part of the new TV season’s prime-time network series, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD.

The annual study by media advocacy group GLAAD out Oct. 25 also found an increase in the characters’ ethnic diversity, with slightly more LGBTQ people of color than white for the first time.

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Ruby Rose cast as lesbian superhero Batwoman

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“Orange is the New Black” star Ruby Rose will play the lesbian superhero Batwoman in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover event on The CW network this fall.

Rose — who identifies as gender fluid — will make her debut as the DC Comics heroine guest starring on the series “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl” in December. The CW is also working on developing a standalone series for the character, written by “The Vampire Diaries” Caroline Dries and executive produced by Dries, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns.

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Nicole Maines will be TV’s first transgender superhero on CW’s ‘Supergirl’

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Nicole Maines, a transgender activist and actress, has been cast as Nia Nal (aka Dreamer) on the CW’s “Supergirl” making her the first transgender superhero in the history of television.

The 20-year-old actress’ casting was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Nia will appear in the upcoming fourth season as a regular. She will work as a reporter alongside Kara (Supergirl).

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‘Supergirl’ introducing trans character in season four

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Supergirl” is casting a transgender character for a new role in season four.

Cast It Talent posted a casting call for a character called Nia Nal. The description reads: “Transgender woman, early 20s, open ethnicity. A confident, wunderkind of a fashionista. Once a political speechwriter, Nia is the newest addition to the Catco investigative reporting team. With her she brings sparkling wit and biting humor but under that banter-y, chic façade, lays a soulful young woman who has much to offer the world. A young ‘Cat Grant’ type.”

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