The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has named Fox the most  LGBT -inclusive  broadcast network in its 16th annual “Where We Are on TV” report, which charts the number of LGBT characters in scripted, primetime programming across broadcast and cable networks.

Fox dethroned longtime leader ABC with 6.8% of it’s series regulars being  portrayed as lesbian, gay,bi-sexual or transgender.

  • Fox leads the other broadcast networks  with 8 LGBT characters out of 117 total series regular characters; the highest number of LGBT characters of any broadcast network for the 2010-2011 season.
  • ABC is not in the lead for the first time in six years, and has significantly dropped in its percentage of regular LGBT characters, from 7.2% in 2010 to 3.4% for the upcoming season.
  • NBC is in decline for the third year in a row, and will feature three (1.9%) regular LGBT characters out of 154
  • The CW has also taken a step back, and will feature only one LGBT series regular characters out of 67 (1.5%).
  • CBS remains in last place for the fourth year in a row. Out of 134 series regular characters, only one will be LGBT (0.7%), but the network will include several LGBT recurring characters.
Not surprisingly HBO led the cable networks in being LGBT  friendly.
  • For the second year in a row, HBO features the greatest number of LGBT characters on cable with 11; seven of which are series regulars.
  • Also making a significant contribution to the count are Showtime with ten characters, ABC Family, FX and TeenNick with four characters each, and TNT and BBC America with three.
  • For the second year in a row, HBO’s True Blood is one of the most LGBT inclusive programs on television with six characters and is tied this year with the Showtime series Shameless.
Fox’s rise might shock some who align the network with it’s conservative cable news sister Fox News, but for those that have been watching Fox’s primetime programming over the years have noticed the gradual creep of LGBT characters and references over the years in an effort to deflect criticism from the powerful gay lobby.
LGBT infused shows and characters are here to stay and if you are uncomfortable with this trend then turn off the television and read a book or spend some time with your family.  It’s better for you anyway.
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