The stereotypes include the tendency to kill off LGBTQ characters—throughout 2016, more than 25 queer female characters have died on TV.
“Most of these deaths served no other purpose than to further the narrative of a more central (and often straight, cisgender) character,” Ellis wrote. “When there are so few lesbian and bisexual women on television, the decision to kill these characters in droves sends a toxic message about the worth of queer female stories.”
According to Ellis, there is much more work to do to “ensure fair, accurate, and inclusive stories.”
“It is not enough for LGBTQ characters simply to be present on screen; they must be crafted with thought, attention and depth,” she wrote.