On the occasion of the International Day against Homophobia, the CSA of the French speaking Community of Belgium has published the outcome of its first assessment of stereotypes related to the sexual orientation in radio and TV broadcast content. The CSA has been monitoring more than 250 sequences of programmes popular among young people - age group 12 to 30 - which were broadcast in January 2013 in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. The sequences encompassed local and foreign broadcasts across all genres.
This study is a complement to the Barometer of diversity and equality launched in 2010 by the CSA to assess the perception of diversity on TV in the Federation Wallonia-Brussels. Associations of gays and lesbians had asked to include sexual orientation as a criterion in the barometer, but the quantitative method was not deemed appropriate. The CSA was thus commissioned by the Minister to conduct a specific qualitative research on the representation of homosexuality in the audiovisual media.
The final results of the study show that:
La représentation de l’homosexualité dans les médias de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Sabri Derinoz, mai 2013) (French only)