Spanish television and cinema continue to show a low representation of disability. Only 3.3% of the over a thousand Spanish characters featured in Spanish fiction last year had any type of disability. This is far below the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities' (Cermi), which shows that the number of people with disabilities in Spain has now reached 4.3 million. That is almost 10% of Spain's total population.
This is the most alarming data in the Observatory of Diversity in Audiovisual Media's (ODA) annual report, which analyzes Spanish fiction through 2021 and focuses on diversity by orientation affectivesexual and gender identity.
The report was prepared by volunteers. Emilio Papamija has stressed that it has been compiled using 1,141 characters from 51 movies and 46 seasons of 43 fiction series. The main numbers show that there has been a 2.2% increase in LGTBI characters compared to 2020. The LGTBI characters accounted for 9.3% of the 1,141 papers analyzed last year. This type of character is, however, present in the series. Of the total number of 1,141 papers, 71 are television fiction. Their presence in cinema increased by five percentage points, to 8.8%, compared to the previous year. Of course, more that two-thirds of these characters are concentrated only in three films ('CUT! Papamija stated that there are three films that contain the characters: 'Where two fit', Polyamory to beginners', and 'Where two fit. This confirms that LGBTI content creation is still highly polarized.