GLAAD: Fox, HBO Are Most LGBT-Inclusive Networks
Heather Morris, Kristin Bauer
Fox has supplanted ABC as the broadcast network that's most inclusive of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters, GLAAD announced Wednesday.
In the organization's yearly "Where We Are On TV" report, Fox accounts for eight LGBT characters out of its 117 series regulars, the highest number on a network this year. Three of the eight appear on Sunday night's "Animation Domination" lineup.
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It's the first time in six years that ABC has not been at the top, dropping from 7.2 percent to 3.4 percent since last year. NBC and The CW also saw a decline, with three and one LGBT characters showing up on their respective networks this season. CBS remained in last place for the fourth year in the row with one LGBT character out of 134 series regulars.
On cable, True Blood helped HBO to the lead for the second year in a row with six LGBT characters of the network's total of 11. Showtime came in a close second with 10 characters, though, on the whole, LGBT characters on cable are on a decline, GLAAD said.
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"While the number of LGBT characters is down, some of the most popular shows with critics and viewers such as Glee, True Blood and The Good Wife weave story lines about gay and lesbian characters into the fabric of the show," GLAAD acting President Mike Thompson said. "Whether it's the growing household of Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family or the recent wedding of Callie and Arizona on Grey's Anatomy, Americans expect to see the diversity of our country represented in their favorite programs and that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people."
Check out the GLAAD site for the full report.