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Sexual diversity on the small screen : mapping LGBT+ characters in Flemish television fiction (2001 – 2016)

Florian Vanlee UGent, Frederik Dhaenens UGent and Sofie Van Bauwel UGent (2018) In Working Papers Film & TV Studies 1.
abstract
Apart from figures on LGBT+ characters in television fiction produced by the American television industry, such as the ‘Where We Are On TV’ – reports by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), quantitative data on LGBT+ representation television fiction series remains scarce internationally. With this working paper, we aim to address this lack in the context of Flemish television fiction. To meet the challenges posed by a lack of centralized data on Flemish television fiction in general, and LGBT+ characters and storylines specifically, we constructed a three-tiered database. Comprising of all 156 domestic television fiction series between 2001 and 2016, the quantitative presence of LGBT+ characters in these series, and individual traits of the 117 collected LGBT+ characters respectively. In doing so, we provide an overview of Flemish television fiction in general, the distribution in these series of characters who identify as LGBT+ and the storylines that relate to sexual and gender diversity, and offer a tool to identify individual pertinent characters. Flanders presents itself as having a dynamic television fiction industry in the past fifteen years, with genre diversity and a sizeable output. In its general output, LGBT+ characters have had a significant habitual presence since 2001, with a noted correlation to specific ‘lowbrow’ genres, and a noted lack in ‘quality’ series. The collected characters display a severe lack of diversity, with most LGBT+ characters being gay male characters, a significant majority being middle class, and few non- white LGBT+ characters.
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organization
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book
publication status
published
subject
keyword
LGBT+ Representation, Flemish Television Fiction, Queer Television Studies
series title
Working Papers Film & TV Studies
volume
1
pages
78 pages
publisher
CIMS-Centre for Cinema and Media Studies
place of publication
Ghent
ISBN
9789082743913
project
Sexual diversity on the small screen: A qualitative research into the representation of and public debate about LGBTs in Flemish television fiction series
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
B1
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I have retained and own the full copyright for this publication
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8558620
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-8558620
alternative location
https://www.ugent.be/ps/communicatiewetenschappen/cims/en/publications/working-papers/sexual-diversity-on-the-small-screen.htm
date created
2018-04-09 13:24:53
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2018-05-15 13:56:19
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  abstract     = {Apart  from  figures  on  LGBT+  characters  in  television  fiction  produced  by  the  American 
television industry, such as the {\textquoteleft}Where We Are On TV{\textquoteright}  --  reports by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance 
Against  Defamation (GLAAD), quantitative data on LGBT+ representation television fiction 
series remains scarce internationally. With this working paper, we aim to address this lack in the 
context of Flemish television fiction. To meet the challenges posed by a lack of centralized data 
on Flemish television fiction in general, and LGBT+ characters and storylines specifically, we 
constructed  a  three-tiered  database.  Comprising  of  all  156  domestic  television  fiction  series 
between 2001 and 2016, the quantitative presence of LGBT+ characters in these series, and 
individual traits of the 117 collected LGBT+ characters respectively. In doing so, we provide an 
overview of Flemish television fiction in general, the distribution in these series of characters 
who identify as LGBT+ and the storylines that relate to sexual and gender diversity, and offer a 
tool  to  identify  individual  pertinent  characters.  Flanders  presents  itself  as  having  a  dynamic 
television fiction industry in the past fifteen years, with genre diversity and  a sizeable output. In 
its general output, LGBT+ characters have had a significant habitual presence since 2001, with 
a noted correlation to specific {\textquoteleft}lowbrow{\textquoteright} genres, and a noted lack in {\textquoteleft}quality{\textquoteright} series. The collected 
characters  display  a  severe  lack  of  diversity,  with  most  LGBT+  characters  being  gay  male 
characters, a significant majority being middle class, and few non- white LGBT+ characters.},
  author       = {Vanlee, Florian and Dhaenens, Frederik and Van Bauwel, Sofie},
  isbn         = {9789082743913},
  keyword      = {LGBT+ Representation,Flemish Television Fiction,Queer Television Studies},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {78},
  publisher    = {CIMS-Centre for Cinema and Media Studies},
  title        = {Sexual diversity on the small screen : mapping LGBT+  characters in Flemish television fiction (2001 -- 2016)},
  url          = {https://www.ugent.be/ps/communicatiewetenschappen/cims/en/publications/working-papers/sexual-diversity-on-the-small-screen.htm},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2018},
}

Chicago
Vanlee, Florian, Frederik Dhaenens, and Sofie Van Bauwel. 2018. Sexual Diversity on the Small Screen : Mapping LGBT+  Characters in Flemish Television Fiction (2001 – 2016). Vol. 1. Ghent: CIMS-Centre for Cinema and Media Studies.
APA
Vanlee, F., Dhaenens, F., & Van Bauwel, S. (2018). Sexual diversity on the small screen : mapping LGBT+  characters in Flemish television fiction (2001 – 2016) (Vol. 1). Ghent: CIMS-Centre for Cinema and Media Studies.
Vancouver
1.
Vanlee F, Dhaenens F, Van Bauwel S. Sexual diversity on the small screen : mapping LGBT+  characters in Flemish television fiction (2001 – 2016). Ghent: CIMS-Centre for Cinema and Media Studies; 2018.
MLA
Vanlee, Florian, Frederik Dhaenens, and Sofie Van Bauwel. Sexual Diversity on the Small Screen : Mapping LGBT+  Characters in Flemish Television Fiction (2001 – 2016). Vol. 1. Ghent: CIMS-Centre for Cinema and Media Studies, 2018. Print.