and the CW devoted larger shares of their prime-time hours to depicting
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters than other television
networks last season, according to a new analysis by the Gay &
Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
In its fourth annual study, the advocacy group handed out its first “excellent” rating ever to
for the network’s widespread and diverse portrayal of homosexual
characters. Forty-two percent of the cable network’s original
prime-time programming included content that reflected the lives of gay
and transgender people, including “The Real World:
The CW received a “good” rating, having devoted 35
percent of its prime-time hours to story lines that included
homosexual, bisexual or transgender representations. “Gossip Girl,” “
viewers, who are more supportive of gays and lesbians than older
“It’s a part of their world, and they in many ways expect it to be included in the shows they watch,” Barrios said.
The organization analyzed nearly 5,000 hours of
prime-time shows on the five broadcast networks and 10 top-rated cable
networks. Analysts noted whether gay characters were featured in major
or minor story lines as well as their ethnic and racial diversity.
Among the broadcast networks, Fox moved into second
place behind the CW, with 30 percent of its programming featuring gay
characters, lifted by “Glee’s” story line about a gay character’s
relationship with his father as well as the presence of
largely because of what GLAAD said were disparaging portrayals of
transgender characters on “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show.”
characters of all the broadcast networks, but a smaller share of its
total prime time than the CW or Fox, with 26 percent. The network was
rated “good,” with GLAAD praising the nuanced story lines of two
lesbian doctors on “Grey’s Anatomy” and the gay couple on “Modern
programming had homosexual characters, many of the depictions were
thoughtful, GLAAD said, particularly on the medical drama “Mercy.”
“failing.” Gay characters were featured in just 7 percent of prime
time, mostly from the unscripted shows “The Amazing Race” and “Big
Cable fared better, with GLAAD noting that for the
first time a majority of the networks it surveyed ranked better than
“adequate.” ABC Family, TNT,
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