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Study shows record number of gay TV characters comment (0)

November 1, 2012


NASHVILLE — The new broadcast television season apparently will have the highest percentage of gay and lesbian characters ever, according to an annual report by a prominent gay group.

The “Where We Are on TV” report by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) shows that 4.4 percent of all characters on broadcast scripted programs during the 2012–13 season will be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. That is an increase from 2.9 percent in 2011, 3.9 percent in 2010, 3 percent in 2009, 2.6 percent in 2008 and 1.1 percent in 2007. In total 48 characters on scripted programming are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered, GLAAD said.

ABC leads the way with 5.2 percent of its characters identifying as gay on programs “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Revenge,” “Scandal,” “Mistresses,” “Happy Endings,” “Malibu Country,” “Suburgatory,” “The Middle” and “Modern Family.”

Fox is second in the number of gay characters (5.1 percent) on programs “Bones,” “American Dad,” “Glee,” “The Cleveland Show” and “The Simpsons.”

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