Today, GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) released its 15th annual “Where We Are On TV,” which tracks LGBT television characters on broadcast and cable television shows. Read GLAAD’s news release.
The good news for 2011: My people are all over TV. GLAAD’s report shows that 23 LGBT characters will account for 3.9 percent of “scripted series regulars” in the broadcast television schedule. Doesn’t come close to representing the overall population, but compare it to 1.1 percent in 2007, baby.
The bad news: Not one transgender or black LGBT character on broadcast networks.
No surprise that HBO’s True Blood ranked the most inclusive program currently on television, featuring six regular and recurring LGBT characters. And are they hot!
“Scripted characters” don’t include that deliciously awful cast of crazies that is reality TV, which has a kind of open immigration, if not recruitment, policy for gays. I don’t watch American Idol or dance shows, but I’m in love with Top Chef, Just Desserts, and Project Runway.
God bless, Bravo, it's homo heaven. Bravo has maybe 3.9 percent straight characters.
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