September 28th, 2011
09:29 AM ET
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has released its 16th annual “Where We Are on TV” report, which measures the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on TV.
And while the shows that make up the 2011-2012 season might look promising, GLAAD says networks have taken a step in the wrong direction as far as inclusion is concerned.
Down 10 percent since last season, LGBT characters account for 2.9 percent of the scripted series regulars currently on network TV.
With 6.8 percent of regular characters identifying as LGBT, Fox came in first place, dethroning ABC - which had topped the list of inclusive networks for the past six years.
Perhaps ABC’s 3.4 percent of LGBT characters - including “Modern Family’s” Mitchell and Cameron, played by Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, respectively - was no match for Fox’s power duo: “Glee’s” Kurt and Blaine.
Thanks to “True Blood,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Hung,” HBO features the most leading and supporting LGBT characters on cable for the second year in a row.
However, the number of LGBT regulars on cable networks also dipped - from 35 to 29.
Though, GLAAD notes that on new shows like The CW’s “Ringer” and ABC’s “Revenge,” LGBT characters haven’t been introduced yet, and so they’re not included in the report.
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