Survey shows record number of gay characters on TV

Sun. October 7, 2012 9:10 AM by

Los Angeles, CA - Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy have helped ABC top this year's Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) survey of gay-inclusive television.

The 8th annual Where We Are On TV report released Friday found that ABC is the most LGBT-inclusive broadcast network and Showtime tops the list of cable networks.

The number of regular gay characters in the 2012-2013 broadcast television season has increased to record levels, while the number on cable networks remains steady, the study found.

"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," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick in a statement. "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."

The report found 31 regular LGBT characters on scripted shows on network television, the highest percentage (4.4%) yet in the report's 8-year history.

ABC leads the pack with 10 characters, up from 6 last year, followed by NBC with 7 LGBT characters, up from 3.

Showtime has the most LGBT characters on cable scripted programming. Seven out of the 12 characters on the network are series regulars.

(Source: Where We Are On TV)

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