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LGBT characters make up 3.9 percent on broadcast networks

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: All I can say is thank God for ABC!

This network continues to lead the way among the broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS,. Fox and The CW) as far as LGBT visibility with gay and lesbian characters.

Scotty and Kevin (and uncle Saul) remain in the mix on Brothers & Sisters, ditto Cameron and Mitchell on Modern Family and Callie and Arizona are downright steamy on Grey’s Anatomy.

That’s why ABC fared best among the networks in the the 15th annual “Where We Are On TV” study released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). ABC continues to lead the other broadcast networks in LGBT representation, with 11 LGBT characters out of 152 total series regular characters (7.2%), the highest number and percentage of LGBT characters of any network for the 2010-2011 season.

The GLAAD report is a comprehensive review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2010-2011 television season. After more than doubling last year, the overall number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on broadcast networks continues a steady rise, though broadcast networks still report no transgender or black LGBT characters.

The report shows that 23 LGBT characters will account for 3.9 percent of scripted series regulars in the 2010-2011 broadcast television schedule, up from 1.1 percent in 2007, 2.6 percent in 2008, and 3 percent in 2009. The number of scripted LGBT series regulars found on mainstream cable networks has rebounded after a two year decline, from 40 in 2007, 32 in 2008, 25 in 2009, to 35 in the upcoming season.

From research and information provided by the five broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW — GLAAD’s “Where We Are On TV” study reviewed 84 scripted television programs scheduled to air this upcoming season, and counted a total of 587 series regular characters, 23 of which are LGBT.

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