Because we still refer to them as LGBT characters.
They’re still a novelty. We get all excited (or angered, depending on your political/religious stance) when a character in a TV show turns out to be gay or bisexual. Let’s say, being attracted to the same gender is a recessive trait (yes, I do believe it is genetic), then statistically, gay or bisexual people should make up about a quarter of the population, yet in the media, they make up only between 1-5% of the characters in shows and movies. On top of that, in certain aspects of the media, they are wholly absent. Do you see the disparity between population and representation? Continue reading