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BBC should be "more creative" in LGB portrayal.

17 December 2012

A BBC review of the views of audiences and experts on the portrayal of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in UK programming confirms that the vast majority of audiences are comfortable with the depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual people on radio, TV and online.

This has led to experts contributing to the review calling on the BBC to be "more creative" and "bolder" in how it represents lesbian, gay and bisexual people across its output. The experts said that all broadcasters had a responsibility to represent diversity, but the BBC had an extra obligation as it was funded by the licence fee and needed to be "a standard bearer".

However, the research showed that many lesbian, gay and bisexual people themselves feel they are still under-represented by all UK broadcasters, not just the BBC.

Two years ago the BBC first published research on how lesbian, gay and bisexual people are portrayed on the BBC. At that time the BBC made a commitment to review the work. The BBC used an independently-run audience reaction panel (called Pulse) to undertake the review during 2012 and the BBC also spoke to representatives of lesbian, gay and bisexual organisations.

Read about Equity's I Won't Pretend and It Gets Better campaigns on this web site.

Download the BBC review here: http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/diversity/pdf/lgb_portrayal_update_2012_withquotes.pdf

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