US: A History of LGBTQ Characters on TV

TV today boasts a great deal of diversity, but such hasn't always been the case for the LGBTQ community. A look back over time reveals just how long it took network television to represent our entire society in a way that is realistic and authentic. And while some networks remain ahead of the curve (holla, ABC!), there's still progress to be made. From early '70s sitcoms to Shondaland, follow the history of LGBTQ characters on TV.

 An American Family (1973) In the first reality TV series, Lance Loud came out to the nation in this family documentary.

An American Family (1973) In the first reality TV series, Lance Loud came out to the nation in this family documentary.