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GLAAD’s Annual Report Shows LGBTQ Character Inclusion On TV Reaching Record-High: How Did The Soaps Fare?

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As we look for more diversity and representation for minorities in broadcast television,  GLAAD has put out it’s annual Where We Are on TV report.  The findings show that broadcast television has a record percentage of LGBTQ characters, and featuring those of color more often than those that are white, for the first time.

While there is still much work to do, the report found that LGBTQ characters make up 8.8 percent of all regular characters this TV season, up 2.4 percent from the 2017-18 season, and last season was the record-holder.  How do they find their data?  They survey regular and recurring characters on original scripted TV series that have aired and are expected to air across broadcast, cable and major streaming platforms from June 1, 2018, to May 31, 2019.

As for the increase: LGBTQ regular and recurring characters on broadcast television are posting a 31 percent increase from the 2017-18 season. Meanwhile, on primetime cable shows,t LGBTQ characters have increased 20 percent, from 173 to 208 characters. Of the the streaming platforms monitored by GLAAD characters increased by 72 percent from the previous year, jumping from 65  to 112 characters.

Now as to your favorite daytime dramas, the report notes the following: “NBC’s Days of Our Lives brought fan favorite character Will Horton back from the dead this year, and news of this disrupts the wedding of his former husband Sonny and former lover Paul. Over the past year, the love triangle between the three of them was re-ignited, even though Will had no memory of his past.  After multiple twists and turns, Will suddenly remembers his marriage to Sonny and the two share a kiss and become a couple once more.

Last year, on ABC’s General Hospital it appeared that the show had written off the character of Kristina Corinthos-Davis as she moved to Oregon with her former professor and girlfriend, Parker. However, Kristina has recently returned to Port Charles, and hopefully as a regular character on the show.

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CBS’ GLAAD Media Award-recipient The Bold and the Beautiful continues to feature transgender character Maya Avant (Karla Mosely). Though Maya hasn’t been at the forefront of the show recently, she is still married with a young daughter and has storylines unfolding at her workplace, Forrester Creations. CBS’ other flagship drama The Young and the Restless is still unfolding the story of couple Tessa and Mariah, who got together last fall. Currently, Mariah is helping her girlfriend out of a scrape with some smugglers, but hopefully this couple will survive the extreme situation,”

So, are the soaps doing enough including LGBTQ characters and integrating them into their storylines?  Would you like to see more diversity and inclusion on your favorite soaps. or not?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Iakovos
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Iakovos

As a gay man who loves the soaps, it means a lot to me to see gay life represented in daytime serials. I celebrated when the character of Hank came out to Iva on my forever-favorite soap AS THE WORLD TURNS, which then developed Luke Snyder’s story played forefront to the end. The four legacy soaps succeed in various degrees regarding gay characters but the effort is there. I enjoy the diversity of soaps in all ways the people are different. Seems this genre of storytelling reminds us best, despite obvious differences, we are all very much the same in… Read more »

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Thank you, lakovos, for reminding me of the greatest couple EVER…Noah and Luke. Talk about a smart, touching, sexy slow boil! These two were so special because they were patient and tender with their relationship, not just jumping into the sack because they’re both hot. That scene where Luke was fixing Noah’s tie and that first wonderfully impulsive kiss…just remembering it makes me swoon. Jake Silbermann may not be a traditional heartthrob; Noah was kind of goofy and insecure, but that’s what made him very sexy to me. Will and Paul and Sonny are all good characters and actors on… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

soaphound .. that is; a mad tease

“Noah and Luke”

“I got in”

Maddy
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Maddy

Absolutely out of your minds!! I thought queer was a dirty word to the left wack jobs

GramS
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GramS

It would be nice if you could provide clarity.

Caleb
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Caleb

Right, GramS? Her intentions seem unclear. But I’m sure it’s just that “wack jobs” (spelled incorrectly, but whatever) like us aren’t able to grasp the nuance in the message she’s trying to convey.

Tatiana
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Tatiana

I love Tessa and Mariah from The Young and the Restless but this soap is trying to show them more as best friends than an actual couple. The chemistry between two girls is so amazing, it just feels natural. I want to see more personal interaction between the two of them, kisses, tender moments, Tessa’s patented hugs… Just let them be more passionate!

GramS
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GramS

I love the integration specifically on y&r. It is taking a much longer time to get to a full fledged relationship, because there appears to be a very verbal backlash from homophobes and those who use their religion as a reason for hatred. People in same sex relationships are not a threat to anyone so I don’t understand that backward way of thinking. LGBTQ are everywhere in all parts of society. They are our pastors, policemen, bankers, sports player, favourite actor and on. I welcome inclusivity on daytime because just maybe, if done right, it will create even a small… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I am leaning on … Women, people of color, AND LGBTQ to lead the way how absolute : fun and astounding are WE how resounding of a triumph do we have every thing !!!! TAKE FROM THE MEN.. TAKE FROM “HISTORY” TAKE OUR RIGHT BACK that matriarch heart beat that heart pulsate that heart w/soul stood walk the walk of onward Christian soldier.. with like minded souls reaching on our own.. TAKE BACK OUR LIVES from trump Paul Ryan.. all those men who want that stronghold and legislate OUR freedom it stinks.. I hate it .. it hurts.. all of… Read more »

Kashunna deshazer
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Kashunna deshazer

Why is there bring leo to cause trouble for will and sonny and when sonny and will become a couple on fool like Ron said

Ray
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Ray

I think it is most shocking that “Bold and Beautiful” is set in LA and focuses on the fashion industry, yet there is not a major gay couple on the show. Maya has not been front and center in more than two years.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Except for Greg Rickart, the other three men are straight, and I know when acting, you have to do whatever it takes, but I really think they do feel uncomfortable sometimes, at least that’s how it looks to me.

Patrick
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Patrick

I agree with you.. yet.. they vigilantly vocalize.. as a human being.. they care, that it is written with and portrayed as effective and plausible

I can only smile beam, cheer that after years of .. portraying their respective roles.. that it’s not an effort that is struggling.. LOL.. kiss make out.. MORE if you like.. wait it gets hard

it’s sex … man animal plant .. oh god.. even plants are mixed

they get a paycheck and sex

Candace Williams
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Candace Williams

Am waiting to see what they do with the reunited Sonny & Will after Christopher Sean departs. I still remember ATWT’s Luke & Noah and that they should’ve had a happier ending. Also think AMC did mostly a great job with Bianca Montgomery

Caleb
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Caleb

Weird that you chose to mention Kristina who was off-canvas, rather than Brad and Lucas who are in a front burner storyline and in a stable marriage although, because this is the soaps, not for long once Brad’s baby switch deception come to light… And doesn’t Felix still pop up once in awhile?

Patrick
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Patrick

Christopher Sean : Paul : I just beam @him… he’s solid representation… giving and Personally on He is what I wish : I, as a person of color.. being LOL tears from here to their ; you did Sonny and Will – “both” reeled Freddy Smith : Sonny : I’m so attracted to you.. as a gay man… yes.. it must be uncomfortable to “play” yet you understood you came back… you give back the three time emmy wined Chandler Massey : Will whom I beam at as he reflects shares life with Deidre Hall’ gramma Marlena life goes on;… Read more »

Patrick
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Patrick

I truly would; this show deserves respect, accolades, deserve, win; try

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OLTL Alum Arlene Dahl Dead At 96, Son Lorenzo Lamas Shares: “She Was The Most Positive Influence In My Life”

Another loss for the soap world and its extended family.  Arlene Dahl, who had a notable career in film and television, and who appeared on both One Life to Live and All My Children, has passed away at the age of 96.

Her son, former Falcon Crest and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Lorenzo Lamas (Ex-Lance and Ex-Hector, respectively), shared the news via his Facebook page: “Mom passed away this morning in New York. She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips. Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times. She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest. My sympathies go to her loving husband @marcrosennyc who, for the last 37 years, made her life so wonderful and joyous. Love you mom forever ♥️ #ArleneDahl #Moviestar #legend #mom #RIP”

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Dahl came on to One life to Live as Lucinda Schenk Wilson, the selfish and manipulative mother of Mimi King played by Kristin Meadows.  Arlene made appearances on the ABC soap starting in 1981 and eventually was offered a one-year contract that took her through till 1984. A decade later, Dahl came on to play Lady Lucille on All My Children for a short time.

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On One Life to Live, Arlene mixed it up with Phillip Carey’s Asa Buchanan and Jeremy Slate’s Chuck Wilson.  Dahl is also well-known as one of the regular panelists on the game show, What’s My Line?

While still working in TV and films, Arlene branched out into beauty and cosmetics, eventually becoming an executive and beauty columnist.

Throughout her life, Arlene was married six times.  She had been married to Marc Rosen since 1984 and they remained together till her death.  She is survived by her son Lorenzo, two other children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Watch Arlene with Phillip Carey in scenes from OLTL below.

Then share your condolences to Arlene’s family, and share your remembrances, via the comment section.

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As the World Turns and Guiding Light Favorite, Lisa Brown, Passes Away at 67

(UPDATED) In just more heartbreaking news in the soap world in 2021, we have lost another beloved performer.  Lisa Brown, who was so noteworthy for her spunky and emotional turns as Guiding Light’s Nola Reardon from 1980-1985, and later as Iva Snyder on As the World Turns from 1986-1994, has died.

Brown passed away this week on November 24th at the age of 67 following a brief illness.  The news came via the As the World Turns Facebook Fan Group and Soap Opera Digest.

This comes just two months later following the death of her former on-screen love interest Michael Tylo (Ex-Quinton, Guiding Light), who passed away in late September.

Those that followed Lisa’s career know she also starred in the Broadway Musical 42nd Street, while still playing Nola each and every day on Guiding Light.

She is survived by her children: James “Buddy” Nielsen, and daughter Victoria from her first husband Tom Nielsen (Ex-Floyd, GL) in addition to her two grandchildren, Penelope Ruiz-Nielsen and Brayden Hopf, and her second husband Brian Neary.

 

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Brown’s on-screen ATWT daughter, Martha Byrne  (Ex-Lily) simply tweeted, “My heart is broken.”

On Friday, Lisa’s son, Buddy Nielsen, posted a touching tribute to his mother, where he revealed that she passed away due to cancer.

Buddy shared: “My Mom passed away the day before Thanksgiving after a very quick battle with cancer. This all happened really fast and wasn’t expecting it. I’ve been MIA as I’ve been back and forth between LA and NJ as she has been in and out of the hospital the last couple weeks. This dream we live, we are all subject to the suffering, aging and death. It’s not to be morose but to understand that we have finite time and must take care with what we do and how we do it. To be able to be with someone at their last breath is truly beautiful. We must not fear death as without it we would never be born and experience the 10,000 joys and 10,000 sorrows. Our existence is both small and vast all at the same time. We are tiny but immense. I know she is here but no longer in her physical form, what we do in love we leave in death. My beautiful daughter and unborn son are her legacy.”

Share your condolences to Lisa’s family, and let us know of your remembrances of this wonderful actress who gave us so many memorable moments throughout her career via the comment section below. But first, watch Lisa in some of her classic scenes from ATWT and GL.

 

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Steve Burton Confirms His Exit From General Hospital

Steve Burton has spoken and after so much speculation, the two-time Daytime Emmy-winning star has confirmed he is out as General Hospital’s Jason Morgan.

In his post on his Instagram account on Tuesday, Steve shared that he was let go by the ABC daytime drama series due to their vaccine mandate and that even though he applied for medical and religious exemptions those were denied.  Thus, he has to exit his role.

In story, viewers saw on Monday, that Jason is MIA from being under the rubble of the cave that collapsed in Jason’s attempt to apprehend Peter August (Wes Ramsey).

In his post, Burton shared the following: “I know there has been a lot of rumors and speculations about me and General Hospital and I wanted you to hear it from me, personally. Unfortunately, General Hospital has let me go because of the vaccine mandate. I did apply for my medical and religious exemptions and both of those were denied, which, you know, hurts, but, this is also about personal freedom to me. I don’t think anyone should lose their livelihood over this. But with that being said, you know me. I’ll always be grateful for my time at General Hospital I love it there. I grew up there. I grew up with some of you, so I will always be grateful and I believe when one door closes multiple doors open. That’s always been my perspective, so I am excited to see what the future brings. ”

Steve went on to say, “Maybe one day when these mandates are lifted, I can return and finish my career as Jason Morgan. That would be an honor, and if not, I am going to take this amazing experience, move forward and be forever grateful. I have got to say, that I am forever grateful for your love and your support over the years. It means so much to me. Thank you. I don’t know when my last airdate is. It may have aired or it might be tomorrow or the next day. I am not sure. I want you guys to have an awesome Thanksgiving. I know it is hard, maybe, in this type of situation to be thankful or grateful, but we have so many things to be thankful about. Being grateful really is the key. Love you guys.”

The popular actor began his run as GH’s Jason Quartermaine back in 1991. Later in 1995, after a car accident he had a major personality shift and became Jason Morgan. Burton went to Y&R to play Dylan McAvoy for a four-year stint from 2013-2017, before heading back to his home at GH.

A source close to the show told Deadline that Burton’s last tape date was October 27th.

You can watch Steve’s video announcement below on his GH departure.

So, how do you feel about Steve being let go from GH? Do you hope Steve can return at some point? Share your thoughts via the comment section below,

 

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