GLAAD’s 17th annual “Where We Are On TV” report examined 701 regular characters on 97 scripted TV programs and discovered there were 31 were LGBT characters (approximately 4.4 percent) on television this fall.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says in the report:
“More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers 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.”
“It is vital for networks to weave complex and diverse story lines of LGBT people in the different programs they air.”
This year’s 4.4 percent (Beyonce would love) is up from last year’s poor rating of 2.9 percent.
ABC leads the pack with the most LGBT characters interwebbed across their network. Fox places second this year, losing their top spot from last year. But, Fox given brownie points for dreaming up Unique, a trans character on ‘Glee.’
All that aside, HBO’s True Blood wins once again as the queerest show on the small screen, donning six LGBT characters. Get your life!