The number of lesbian, gay and transgender characters on U.S. television shows have reached record highs.
Campaign group GLAAD today said that their stories were more important than ever given moves in the United States to roll back LGBT acceptance.
In its annual report on diversity on the small screen, GLAAD found 329 regular and recurring LGBTQ characters across all broadcast, cable and streaming TV platforms, including the first asexual and non-binary characters.
GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said TV was a critical place for the portrayal of LGBTQ characters and their lives.
U.S. President Donald Trump in July announced he would ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military.
The White House has revoked guidance on letting transgender students use the bathroom of their choice in public schools, and Trump's administration has said that federal law does not ban discrimination against gay employees.