“Gay” Characters Proliferating on Broadcast TV, Activist Group Claims

By:  Dave Bohon
10/11/2012
       
“Gay” Characters Proliferating on Broadcast TV, Activist Group Claims

A homosexual activist group is waxing gleeful over the results of its latest study showing that “gay” characters are at a record high on prime-time and other television shows.

A homosexual activist group is waxing gleeful over the results of its latest study showing that “gay” characters are at a record high on prime-time and other television shows. The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced that in its most recent “Where Are We Now” report, “the number of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks has risen to the highest ever recorded,” and LGBT characters are clawing their way to up the count on cable shows as well.

GLAAD has been doing the study for the past 17 years, and after last year's dip in homosexual TV characters, it found that this year (2012-13 season) nearly four and one-half percent of actors on prime-time network comedy and drama series will portray sexually confused characters. For the report the homosexual researchers analyzed nearly 100 scripted television shows scheduled to air in the upcoming season, discovering that of 701 characters, 31 of them are some flavor of “gay.”

Of the networks, ABC won this year's prize for the most such characters, with 10 out of 194 homosexual portrayals (5.2 percent). Fox came in a close second, with six homosexuals out of 118 regular series characters (5.1 percent). Getting kudos from GLAAD for its “most-improved” status was CBS, which boasted four out of 142 homosexual characters (a “dismal” 2.8 percent, but up dramatically from less than one percent last year).

Over on the cable side of TV the GLAAD study also found something for “gays” who care about such things to crow about. On mainstream cable networks the tally of regular homosexual characters appearing on series this season inched up to 35, with an additional 26 recurring characters reflecting sexual confusion. Showtime spotlights the most “LGBT” characters on cable at 12, with the cable series True Blood regularly trotting six “LGBT” characters.

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