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The BBC should be bolder and more creative with its depiction of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who are still sidelined and stereotyped on television, according to a new report.

The BBC-commissioned review said lesbian, gay and bisexual LGB people were "still relatively invisible" across all media, "especially lesbian women and bisexual people". Where they were represented in the broadcast media, said the report, "this representation still needs to reflect the diversity of LGB people and to avoid stereotypes".

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The report, into the media portrayal of LGB audiences, featured interviews with LGB organisations and representatives and comes two years after a study carried out by the BBC. In two parts, the report also featured the views of around 3, people on the BBC's own independently run audience reaction panel, Pulse. The actors trade union Equity Bbc why factor homosexuality statistics This makes a huge difference.

Some of it was laughable. Coverage of LGB issues on TV news programmes, including the BBC, was criticised for giving "too much time to homophobic viewpoints" as part of an effort to make discussion of issues "unnecessarily and deliberately confrontational".

While all broadcasters had responsibility to reflect the diversity of their audiences, the report said the BBC had an "extra obligation" because of Bbc why factor homosexuality statistics role as a stand-bearer and to push the boundaries for the whole industry.

It said there had been a "gradual degree of improvement" in the portrayal of LGB people over the last 10 years. However, "there is a sense LGB people were more likely to be featured on radio than television, it said, with online a "missed opportunity".

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In addition, where there is LGB portrayal, there is a feeling that it tends to be skewed toward younger, white and non-disabled LGB people. The BBC was also tasked with reconsidering the way it constructed news and current affairs debates.

The report said it should be "more creative and nuanced" with its presentation rather than setting up a debate with "two extreme perspectives". Drama makers were encouraged to be "bolder" and comedy producers warned that the "biggest risk [was] the portrayal of LGB people being the focus of the joke.

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If the author or source of the humour is LGB, this is felt to be more authentic or appropriate and so there is more acceptance". The BBC was also asked to incorporate more LGB people into its children programming, "to familiarise audiences through incidental portrayal from an early age as well as validating children who are going through their formative years and who may be LGB". The report also said there were "missed opportunities" in sport, "particularly Bbc why factor homosexuality statistics the availability of expert and relevant LGB talent, for example in women's sport".

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