The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is blasting the six major broadcast networks for what it calls a "shocking misrepresentation of reality" when it comes to gay and lesbian characters on the small screen. According to an analysis conducted by the group, only 16 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender characters exist on on the networks' 2005-06 schedule representing just 2 percent of the entire landscape. Even more troubling, GLAAD says, is that of those 16 characters, 13 are white. "If you're looking at network television to see a good cross section of our community, you're not going to find it," says GLAAD spokesman Damon Romine. "What you will find is primarily gay white males." It's worth noting that the analysis did not take into account American Idol contestants, guest judges or hosts.
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