TV has more gay char­ac­ters

Los Angeles Times - - Calendar - — from a times staff writer

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.

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