CW and ABC lead broadcast networks with LGBT inclusion

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today released its fourth annual report charting LGBT visibility on television – both broadcast and cable and the results are, as always, both encouraging and discouraging.

Of the five broadcast networks, the CW has surged to the lead with a “good” ranking thanks to both scripted and reality programming. It’s “America’s Next Top Model” series has a gay catwalk expert, gay photo shoot editor, gay fashion editor as well as a transgender model and two lesbian models.

But scripted shows also are more inclusive starting with “Gossip Girl” which saw the expanded role of gay teen Eric Van der Woodson and also had lead character Chuck Bass kiss a man in one episode to help his girlfriend Blair out of a jam. What was really hot was that Chuck indicated to Blair that it wasn’t the first time he had locked lips with a dude.

The now-canceled “Melrose Place” had a lesbian character as did “90210” where next season a major male character will come out of the closet. Also, on the now-canceled “One Tree Hill,” the character of Josh came out as gay.
CW was able to surpass ABC, leader in previous years, because it has less hours of programming so its percentage of LGBT inclusion was higher. But ABC retained a “good” ranking and remains strong with several continuing, rich characters.

Let’s start with gay married couple Mitchell and Cameron on the new comedy “Modern Family” which is a ratings hit and scored several Emmy nominations in key categories. The series kicked off with Mitchell and Cameron bringing home their newly adopted daughter and has remained an integral part of this breakout hit.

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