For the past 21 years, GLAAD has studied LGBTQ representation on television and, this year, GLAAD’s Where We Are On TV Report found that the percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer characters that could be seen on broadcast television, cable, and streaming networks was up. Reading that you may think, we’ve come along way. But, unfortunately, the numbers don’t really tell the story. This so often seems to be the takeaway from these kinds of reports: the numbers are up, but there’s still a lot of work to do. It’s easy to feel like the media is taking a glass half empty approach to the story, but these cherry-picked high notes of the study don’t break down what the numbers really mean or how small the numbers actually are. No one can deny that more representation is a good thing, but it’s important to know, in actuality, how little we’re working with here.