Shonda Rhimes says LGBT+ people need more “realistic portrayals” on TV

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Shonda Rhimes is one of the biggest names in television right now, thanks to hit shows like How To Get Away With Murder and Scandal, which offer diversity and accurate portrayals of same-sex relationships.

But she thinks Hollywood needs to do more for the LGBT+ community.

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Speaking at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Gala Vanguard awards on Saturday, Shonda called on writers, directors and producers to push for more equal representation in their work.

“We all exist in the world,” she said, according to Variety. “Everyone has the right to see themselves on the screen, and I think it’s really dangerous when that doesn’t happen.

“There is a tendency to marginalise or stereotype when these types of characters aren’t seen. People deserve realistic portrayals.”

Shonda was attending the ceremony to present an award to Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, who pushed for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and lifting the ban against trans individuals in the military.

The TV mastermind has long championed LGBT+ representation – back in 2014, when a fan criticised the amount of “gay scenes” in her shows, Shonda hit back: “There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them.”

Keep doing what you do, Shonda!

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