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GLAAD Scores TV Networks on LGBT Inclusion

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Of Broadcast Networks, the CW held on to the top-spot with 33% LGBT-inclusive primetime programming hours. Perhaps surprising to some, Fox came in second at 29%, and both networks earned a “Good” from GLAAD this year.

ABC stuck at third place with 23% of its primetime hours featuring LGBTs. This got ABC a “Good” rating because of the strong quality of LGBT images. It should be noted, however, that the network broadcast the greatest total number of LGBT-inclusive hours (253).

Last and most certainly least is CBS with just 10% of LGBT-inclusive hours in its primetime programming. However, while CBS got a “Failing” score last year, it has at least managed to scrape an “Adequate” this time around.  Still, must do better.

Over to Cable Networks, where we’re seeing a wash of “Goods” for Showtime (37%), TNT (33%), HBO (31%), Lifetime (31%), AMC (29%), and Syfy (22%).

There was some positive news where the USA network is concerned. Last year it got a big Fail for having just 4% of its primetime hours containing LGBT themes. This year USA’s score jumped to 18%, which scrapes the network an “Adequate.”

Trailing way behind, is A&E (5%) and TBS (5%).

NEXT PAGE: Lack of Trans inclusiveness on TV.

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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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