Gay advocacy group GLAAD issued a report today praising the five broadcast networks and cable channels. This season sees the most LGBT characters on broadcast network shows in history as well as an increase in the number of gay characters on cable programming.
While Fox lead the broadcast networks last year, ABC has been deemed the most gay-friendly network this year with 5.2 percent of regular characters on their programming identifying as LGBT (or half-gay, half-honey bear like Max from "Happy Endings" pictured). HBO lead cable networks in GLAAD's annual report last year, but was overtaken this year by premium channel rival Showtime.
More tidbits from the annual report include:
- 4.4 percent of series regulars on broadcast networks identify as LGBT. The trend in years past was a gradual increase in the number of gay characters until a sharp drop to 2.9 percent in 2011.
- HBO's "True Blood" maintains its reign as having the most LGBT characters of any cable show, a title it has held since 2010. Not shocking that the sexy soap had to diversify to keep things interesting. Other shows cited in the study include Showtime's "Weeds" and "Shameless."
- GLAAD also examined racial and gender demographics, with diversification also showing improvement in this area.
“This year’s increase of LGBT characters on television reflects a cultural change in the way gay and lesbian people are seen in our society,” says GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, coworkers, and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”