In Spanish-language media, representations of LGBTQ people are quickly growing. In 2015, 33 segments were nominated for GLAAD Media Awards. Among them were excellent stories on transgender youth, on both Univision's respected newsmagazine Aquí y Ahora and on the CNN en Español show Encuentro.
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Did You Know?
- Latino support for LGBTQ issues is strong and ever growing.
- 59% say that homosexuality should be accepted by society.
- 54% support marriage between same-sex couples, outpacing the population as a whole, of which 53% support marriage for gay couples, according to a 2012 Gallup poll.
- According to a 2010 Bendixen & Amandi International poll:
- 80% of Latinos believe gay people often face discrimination
- 83% of Latinos support housing and employment non-discrimination protections
- 73% of Latinos support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military
- 75% of Latinos support school policies to prevent harassment and bullying of students who are or are perceived to be gay
- 55% of Latinos (and 68% of Latino Catholics) say that being gay is morally acceptable
- Fher Olvera, the lead singer of popular Mexican group Maná is an LGBTQ ally who recently wrote about his support of marriage equality. Fher and his wife, television presenter Mónica Noguera join many other Latino celebrities who have spoken out in support of LGBTQ people and issues, including Sofía Vergara, Olga Tañón, Rene Pérez of Calle 13, Kate del Castillo, Angélica Vale, Oscar de la Hoya, Lucía Méndez and many others.
- Univision, long the dominant force in Spanish language TV, has become a legitimate challenger to the Big Four English-language networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) and has even bested them in some markets and time slots; its chief rival Telemundo is also on the rise. In July 2013, Univision set a TV ratings milestone with its average of 1.81 million viewers aged 18-to-49-- the youthful demographic that television advertisers are most eager to reach—besting Fox, NBC and CBS.
- Latinos consume both English and Spanish-language media. In terms of television specifically, 61% of Latinos watch TV in both English and Spanish; 23% watch TV only in English; and 16% watch TV only in Spanish. According to surveys, almost all adult children of Latino immigrants are really comfortable with English, but their parents frequently are not (only 23% report being skilled English-speakers) – making it even more important for Spanish-language media to be inclusive in order to change hearts and minds in Latino communities
- For primetime entertainment programming, Spanish-language media outlets still mostly import shows from Latin America but are increasingly producing more shows in the U.S. Of the Spanish-language broadcast and cable networks producing news shows in the U.S. (Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español), many of them are shared with Latin American audiences as well.