Ellis noted that 25 queer female characters have died on scripted television shows in 2016 alone. These deaths were usually to advance the narrative of the straight main character. “To kill these characters in droves sends a toxic message about the worth of queer female stories,” Ellis wrote in the report. Of the three platforms analyzed, “broadcast was the deadliest for lesbian and bisexual women”. The report said as at least 12 characters were killed since the beginning of 2016.