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Report Breaks Down LGBTQ Visibility on TV

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Nielsen report breaks down LGBTQ visibility. While representation has increased, there is more work to be done, the LGBTQ community responds. 

What We Know: 

  • The LGBTQ community makes up 4.5% of the U.S. population, says NBC News. LGBTQ characters made of “6.7 percent of the top 10 recurring cast members in the top 300 programs on broadcast, cable and streaming platforms in 2019”. Additionally, 26% of the programs had a cast member who identifies as LGBTQ. 
  • While the numbers show that there is increased visibility, presence is different than representation. Stacie de Armas, Nielsen’s senior vice president for diverse consumer insights, commented on the report. “when we look deeper, and at intersectional groups, it’s clear there is a need for greater diversity in LGBTQ representation. White LGBTQ people are most represented on screen, while female LGBTQ people of color and Latinx LGBTQ people are below parity compared to their population estimates.” 
  • Harvey Guillén, an openly gay actor on FX’s What We Do in the Shadows, commented, “It’s great that there are more queer actors in queer roles in living rooms consistently, but getting more people of color, of different gender expressions and different body types across different genres is our next priority.” He added talking about the importance of representation. Media tends to be where people build their ideas of LGBTQ communities and where LGBTQ people form identities. 
  • Jack Moore of Netflix’s Dear White People explained the importance of having diverse writers. “A huge part of the puzzle the industry has to work on is allowing queer women, queer Latinx people, and other underrepresented members of our community to tell their own stories.” Adding that a diverse writers room not only allows more stories to be shared but can also avoid repetitive stories and characters. 
  • Vida and One Day at a Time are programs featuring queer Latinx women but are not meant with great support. Chris Rudolph, editor and producer for Logo, ViacomCBS’ LGBTQ lifestyle channel and entertainment channel comments on the role the queer community has to increase representation. “If we want to see shows other than the ones that focus on gay, white men, we as a community have to show them the same amount of love and support.”
  • Beyond LGBTQ representation, the Neilsen report also found women are 38% of the top ten recurring cast members despite being 52% of the population. Additionally, people of color makeup 40% of the population but are only represented 27% on the screen. 

The Neilsen report shares its findings in hopes of helping others understand the importance of diversity and inclusion. 

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Alex Haynes is Editor-At-Large/NYC Editor at Urban Newsroom, Executive Editor at UNR's Black Alerts and the host of Boss Mornings and Unmuted Nation. Alex joined Urban Newsroom in 2010 and contributes regular op-ed and editorial pieces while advising the columnist and contributing staff.

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Naya Rivera’s Family Scores Huge Victory In Wrongful Death Battle Over Tragic Drowning

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The path has been cleared for Naya Rivera’s family to sue Ventura County for wrongful death after the singer died on July 8, 2020 while boating in Lake Piru with her three-year-old son, Josey.

via: Radar Online

According to court documents, the judge presiding over the suit against Ventura County shut down the defendant’s attempt to block Naya’s family from collecting punitive damages.

Back in November, Naya’s ex-husband Ryan filed a lawsuit against Ventura County over the tragic 2020 drowning incident. The actress had rented a pontoon boat at Lake Piru.

Her son was found sleeping alone on the boat hours later. A massive search was launched, and her body was eventually found. Investigators found Naya and her son were swimming, but she did not get back on the boat.

Her son said she threw him onto the boat but then she disappeared. In his lawsuit, Ryan, who filed on behalf of their son, accused Ventura County of not complying with safety standards.

He claims the boat was “not equipped with a safely accessible ladder, adequate rope, an anchor, a radio or any security mechanisms to prevent swimmers from being separated from their boats, nor any flotation or lifesaving devices.�

He says this is in violation of California law. Ryan claims the lake had no signs warning of the dangerous conditions of the lake. He also says the person who rented the boat to his ex did not warn either to wear a life vest. The county denies that claim.

Ventura County denied all claims they were responsible for the incident and moved to dismiss the case. The defendants recently asked the court to block Ryan and Naya’s family from seeking punitive damages, which could be millions. In the recent decision, the judge denied the request.

The order reads, “The allegations of specific statutory violations regarding safety equipment and noncompliance with the conditional use permit regarding signage, as well as allegations that defendant knew of the dangers of the lake, and had received complaints from other patrons, that over two dozen individuals had died in the lake, that Parks and Recreation failed to instruct Ms. Rivera to wear her life vest, failed to outfit the boat with a flotation device, and failed to outfit the boat with an anchor which could have prevented Ms.Rivera from being separated from her boat and ultimately drowning.�

The judge said the allegations presented in the suit are “sufficient for purposes of pleading to (arguably) reflect “despicable conduct� with a “willful and conscious disregard of the rights and safety of others.�

“The allegations include that it was the officers and directors of Parks & Recreation Management who received the complaints and “decided to ignore� them,� he noted.

Hopefully it brings the family some peace.

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Cardi B Officiated Same-Sex Couple: ‘This Was Such a Fulfilling Thing to Do’ [Video]

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Cardi B served as the officiant to a beautiful same-sex wedding ahead of National Coming Out Day on October 11.

via: Complex

In the latest episode of Cardi Tries—the rapper’s Facebook Messenger series—Cardi is joined by That’s So Raven star Raven-Symoné as she officiates a same-sex wedding in California. The episode, released in time for National Coming Out Day, sees Cardi officiate the ceremony for newly weds Brandi and Shannon, as Raven is their ringbearer.

“By the power invested in me by the state of California and my online course, I now pronounce you wife and wife,� Cardi declared.

During the episode, Raven spoke about what being at the ceremony alongside Cardi meant to her, sharing that it “reminded me of my wedding day when I really wanted to see my wife in a beautiful wedding dress.�

Cardi also opened up to Raven about her own wedding to Offset in 2017, saying that she might be ready to have a “wedding-wedding now.�

“I got married in my bedroom … I do wish I had a bigger wedding because I’m very flamboyant, so I do want the whole dress and the whole cake and everything,� she said. “I didn’t even have a ring, so I just didn’t feel like I was married because I didn’t have the whole shabangabang.�

After the episode, which you can watch on Facebook here, Cardi took to Twitter to share with her fans that she is indeed licensed to marry, adding what we already know: She does “it all.�

“By the way WORLD I’m licensed to marry people ….sooo yea,� Cardi tweeted. “I do it all and this was such a fulfilling thing to do and Raven was soo fun I was sooo starstruck.�

Happy National Coming Out Day for everyone who chooses to live their truth.

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Diddy Leaves Flirty Comments On Yung Miami’s New Thirst Trap Amid Joie Chavis Romance Rumors [Photo + Video]

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It looks like Diddy still has his eyes on Yung Miami amid rumors he’s dating Joie Chavis. After Yung Miami posted new thirs trap on social media, Diddy couldn’t help but leave flirty comments on it.

via: Rap-Up

After the two were spotted getting cozy earlier this year, the Bad Boy is once again showing the City Girl love. Miami posted a series of sexy pics on Instagram over the weekend, which had Diddy feeling some type of way.

“AWWWW SHIIIIIIT !!!!� an excited Puff commented on the thirst trap, along with the flame and sunglasses face emoji.

He also added, “SHAWTY WOP!!�

This is not the first time the pair has sparked speculation over their relationship. In August, Miami shared a video of herself seated in Diddy’s lap while drinking his DeLeon tequila. Prior to that, the rumored couple showed PDA as they held hands while attending a birthday party for Quality Control CEO Pierre “Pee� Thomas in Atlanta.

This came just around one month after Miami unfollowed Chavis. Miami took the move after the latter was caught on camera cozying up to the hip-hop mogul while on a romantic yacht vacation.

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