LGBT media group GLAAD released its Network Responsibility Index (NRI) this week scoring networks on their depictions of LGBT characters and themes.
The fifth annual NRI maps the “quantity, quality and diversity” of LGBT people in primetime programming across five broadcast networks and 10 cable networks.
ABC Family is the star of the fifth release. The network is only the second in the history of the NRI to score an “Excellent” rating from GLAAD, with 53% of ABC Family’s 103 hours of programming containing “LGBT-inclusive images which also reflected the ethnic and racial diversity of the LGBT community.”
“As television audiences get to know our community and the common ground that we all share on the screen and in their own lives, acceptance is growing,” said Mike Thompson, Acting President of GLAAD. “Inclusive programming is a hit with critics and audiences alike who cheered for Kurt and Blaine’s romance on Glee or watched the wedding of Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy.”
“Programs like Pretty Little Liars and Greek have woven gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters into their stories in a way that mirrors the diversity of our community and the experiences of younger generations,” said Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Programs at GLAAD. “Viewers expect to see television environments that accurately reflect what it’s like to be a young adult, and today that includes young adults who happen to be gay.”
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