Broadcast TV reaches record high of LGBT characters
October 5th, 2012
05:40 PM ET

Broadcast TV reaches record high of LGBT characters

Inclusiveness is at an all-time high this season on broadcast TV.

GLAAD found in its annual "Where Are We on TV" report that the number of regular series characters on network television who identify as LGBT has reached a record high with the 2012-2013 season.

LGBT characters make up 4.4 percent of series regulars on scripted shows this season, as opposed to last year's 2.9 percent.

GLAAD's report checked out 97 scripted TV shows that are slated for the 2012-2013 season on broadcast TV, and found that ABC had the highest percentage of series regulars who identified as LGBT (that would be 5.2 percent). Fox slipped down to second place this year with 5.1 percent of series regulars identifying as LGBT, with The CW not far behind in third with 4.9 percent.

Cable's not doing bad either, as the study found LGBT characters increased on scripted programming there as well.

Showtime led the pack with 12 LGBT characters, seven of which appear on series regularly, and HBO was the second most inclusive with 9 LGBT characters. The network, which shares a parent company with CNN, is home to "True Blood," the most inclusive show on cable TV.

“It is vital for networks to weave complex and diverse storylines of LGBT people in the different programs they air,” GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement. “When young LGBT people see loving couples like Callie and Arizona on 'Grey’s Anatomy' or 'Degrassi's' confident transgender high school student Adam Torres, they find characters they can look up to and slowly start building the courage to live authentically.”


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  1. Shanika Laraia

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    April 27, 2013 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. superiorgrpllc

    Good post

    November 14, 2012 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jb2817

    When does the Stem Bender Network start??

    October 11, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sok "man"

    how adult of you for saying that and we know you have the most self-esteem of anyone that we have ever met....

    October 8, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Everyone

    was making out at the bar that night and we all missed it. darn

    October 8, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sokman

    Did I say My House? I don't think I did. Nor have I ever said I'd bang anything on two legs. You got me on the dirty part though. And I don't mind g@ys, I just don't appreciate them getting shoved in my face everytime I turn on the tv. Angry? Old? Nah. Just not scared to air it out unlike most people. Sorry you're so narrow minded & care more what people think about you than you care about yourself to enjoy the freedom of a libertine lifestyle, but that's your burden to bear.

    October 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ha!

      Yeah, that's exactly what you said! And, I don't know how many times that you have said, "I'd hit that". I guess somebody has a selective memory. Yeah, we know you republicans hate anyone who has a different life style than yours. Let's see, you hate gays & 47% of the country, which I may add, that there are a lot of republicans in that 47%. Must be sad to be so narrow minded.

      October 8, 2012 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. gee

    i missed it...i was making out at the bar that night...darn

    October 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. John

    And the reason is that the producers of these types of shows are gay or just plain stupid. They are taking straight characters and turning them gay and some straight people are too stupid to see it. Never a gay person going straight. They want to convince airheads who sit in front of their tv's for hours that this is normal and everyone does it. Shows like True Blood and daytime soaps do this all the time.

    October 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Diana

    Yeah TV sucks. Probably all the these freaks of nature are white too. I would love to see good tv again with maybe a Asian American family or American Indians or Blacks, just anything other than whites. It is so sick that they would rather hire Aussy's who hide their accents to play Americans. I am so sick and tired of all these white only shows.

    October 7, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Walter Tripplet

    Chelltenham Pa.; has lost one of their greatest athletes ever, Peter Goss.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Felix Clauss

    TV was better when Lucy was on.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leon Peris/Peris Collection Company

    TV today sucks.

    October 6, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. greys --

    these 2 have been dating for years...its about time they got married. lol

    October 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dusty

    Who the cares. LGBT"s represent less than 15% of the USA population, but demand 80% of the attention. It starting to really suck.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Janet

      The only reason it feels that way to you is because you are apparently straight. If you aren't gay you don't know what it's like. We also woudn't need to be demanding anything if people like you weren't denying rights to people. If you want to stay in your little bubble then go ahead but the world is changing. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.

      October 6, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
    • pop

      theres too many character imho,
      i don't have anything against them. it's just uneccessary, almost every show has a couple...

      October 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sokman

    Yay, you're on tv. You can stop bltching & crying about not being represented now & stop trying to force your g@y ways into the homes of decent people who actually have morals.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Sokman

      Morals? Aren't you the one who will bang anything on two legs, and the dirtier the better? I think you are the last person to talk about morals. LBGT folks just want equal rights under the law. The polls show that the majority of America is now in their corner. Better get your head out of your butt, Sokman. You are one of those old, angry white guys, aren't you? Time to join 2012.

      October 7, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  16. TV Sucks

    And they're all the shows that are actually entertaining.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Sambo the Hip

    Programming quality is down across the board. Its just rotten, stupid reality show after stupid reality show, scripted to the max, everything has degenerated to a Jerry Springer episode. Even the crime dramas are so weakly plotted and stupid, just not worth looking at anymore. I watch movies on Netflix or British TV where acting and plot still count for something.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. HiggsbosonIsReligion

    More reason not to watch network TV.

    October 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |

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