US Chief Tech Officer calls for more LGBT and female characters on TV

November 11, 2015

Gay, News, television

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The US Chief Technology Officer has told PinkNews that there is a desperate need for equality in the way media portrays LGBT people and women. Speaking to PinkNews at the GLAAD Gala in San Francisco on Saturday, Megan Smith said we can’t underestimate the impact media, both social and more traditional, has on those watching. Smith was appointed as the CTO of the US, also known as the Assistant to the President, Associate Director for the Office of Science and Technology Policy, in September 2014. The former Google executive is the the most senior lesbian in the current administration. She told PinkNews: “Media is incredibly impactful around equality or inequality you know, the imagery we see. The one that is so striking to me is children’s television and family television.” Of being friends with Geena Davis, Smith said the actor had done research into the portrayal of women in television, particularly family and kids’ programmes. She said: “One of the things that was really interesting was, out of every four characters in those programs, only one is a girl.” Smith went on to say that working in TV, women are outnumbered 15-to-one. “It’s not coming because the…

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