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GLAAD Scores TV Networks on LGBT Inclusion

GLAAD Scores TV Networks on LGBT Inclusion
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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.”

More from the GLAAD press release:

“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.”

NEXT PAGE: How the Networks scored.

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4:28PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

This option is sure to make GLAAD howl: persons so disenchanted with gay life that they leave to become celibate! Or break the ultimate taboo and go for counselling to reorient their lives.

Why not? It happens in real life!

10:30PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Interesting, thanks!

4:53AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

one step at a time.

4:52AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

I do see a problem in showing an inclusion of transgendered, transvestite and transexuals. :

3:31AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

I don't watch American TV anyway.

11:19PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Where's NBC? Were they so far down they didn't even rank?

2:18PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Shriazzi G: Do you have any appreciation of what is on television today? Unless your 15 years old, this kind of programming would never be allowed. At some point, transgender people will be scripted in, as well as bisexuals.
My cousin, Harding LeMay. wrote for the soap opera "Another World" for nearly 20 years. In the early 80's he wanted to introduce a gay character - ABC would not hear of it.
Clearly you have no idea how far television has come.

2:15PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:02AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Dawid B...go back to Beck Your homophobia is showing.

9:04AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

The next step is to include paedophilia!

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