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The CW and Showtime are leading the way in their representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community on television.

According to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's sixth annual Network Responsibility Index, which measures the quantity, quality and diversity of images LGBT people on broadcast and cable TV, The CW remains the top broadcast network (with 29% of its programming being LGBT-inclusive), as well as the most racially diverse (62%). Showtime tops the cable networks with 46% LGBT-friendly programming.

Other networks lauded for their portrayals of LGBT characters include ABC, ABC Family, Fox, TNT and HBO. Four the fourth year in a row CBS (8%) and TBS (5%) both received failing scores, as did the History network (3%).

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