TV has more gay characters
With shout-outs to “Modern Family” and “Glee,” the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation reports that there are more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on prime-time television this fall than at the same time last year.
The increase “not only reflects the shift in American culture towards greater awareness and understanding of our community, but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios said in a statement accompanying the group’s 15th annual “Where We Are on TV” report.
The report said that LGBT characters will account for 3.9% of 587 characters in 84 scripted series on the broadcast networks this fall, up from 3% last year. For the fifth straight year, ABC had the highest percentage of LGBT characters among the broadcast networks, with 7.2%.
For the first time, the researchers also counted the number of characters with disabilities and found that there were only six.