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GLAAD Sings the Praises of Batwoman, Supergirl & Other Arrowverse Shows

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The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has praised The CW's Arrowverse for its LGBTQ+ representation.

The organization says in its annual "Where We Are on TV" report that queer representation on television is at an all-time high. The report particularly points out the Ruby Rose-led Batwoman series and the rest of the Arrowverse (including The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow) as being monumental for inclusion. Batwoman, specifically, is the first superhero TV series with a queer female title character played by a queer female actor. According to GLAAD, 10.2% of series regulars on broadcast television this year are LGBTQ+. Other shows recognized in the report include ABC's Stumptown and Ryan Murphy's trans-women led Pose.

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The DC Comics-based Arrowverse is headed by Greg Berlanti, who is openly gay and directed last year's Love, Simon, the first major film release starring a gay teenage lead. The CW shows have included gay characters from the beginning, including openly bisexual hero Sara Lance/White Canary on Legends of Tomorrow and gay D.E.O. agent Alex Danvers on Supergirl. The shows also mirrored actor Wentworth Miller's sexuality by making his Flash character Leonard Snart gay, and giving him a boyfriend, in 2017's Crisis on Earth-X crossover.

GLAAD's report is not without its negative aspects as well. The study explains that the "Bury Your Gays" trope (in which gay characters often meet a fatal end) is still alive and well, and that a number of the history making series regulars will not be returning on their shows next season. However, the 10.2% in the highest queer representation has ever been and the organization hopes that this is only the beginning.

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