GLAAD Says Fox and HBO Are TV’s Most Diverse Networks
The results of this year’s “Where We Are On TV” report — GLAAD’s 16th annual review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2011-2012 season — are in, and we think that you might be surprised by some of the findings; namely, the fact that Fox is “the most inclusive” of the broadcast television networks, a title that had gone to ABC for six years running. Just four years ago, there were absolutely no gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender series regulars on Fox, but as of this year, the number has risen to 6.8 percent. That’s compared to a 2.9 percent average across all TV networks– an unfortunate decrease from last year’s average of 3.9 percent.
“While the number of LGBT characters is down, some of the most popular shows with critics and viewers, such as Glee, True Blood and The Good Wife, weave storylines about gay and lesbian characters into the fabric of the show,” GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson said in a statement. “Whether it’s the growing household of Mitchell and Cameron on Modern Family or the recent wedding of Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy, Americans expect to see the diversity of our country represented in their favorite programs and that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.” Do you agree with Thompson’s glass half-full outlook, or do you think we should be worried by this recent dip? [via Deadline]