BBC reforms to bring more gay characters
THE BBC is going to increase the number of LGBT people appearing in its programmes and news output as part of new diversity reforms.
They will be “incidental” portrayals, meaning that their sexuality is not part of a storyline or directly relevant to a news item.
LGBT staff will be encouraged to “bring their whole self to work” and be open about their sexuality.
The proposals are included in a new report based on a survey of LGBT staff attitudes, which found that many perceived the corporation to have a “heteronormative culture”.
Other recommendations include the use by staff of non-binary pronouns, and a network of “straight allies”.
James Purnell, director of radio and education, said: “One of our big challenges currently is around young audiences. An organisation that appears to have a heteronormative culture is not one that is going to cut ice with them either as a consumer or an employee.”
LGBT staff account for 11 per cent of the BBC workforce.