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GLAAD Scores TV Networks on LGBT Inclusion

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GLAAD is eager to point out, however, that while some networks are clearly making strides in their LGBT-friendly programming, all networks could stand to improve in one area, and that is their depictions of the trans community.

More from the GLAAD press release:

One area in which all networks continue to struggle is the underrepresentation or misrepresentation of the transgender community.  There were no regular or recurring transgender characters on any networks tracked in this year’s NRI.  And while there were several one-episode stories that included transgender characters, almost none were ideal representations.

“Fairly and accurately depicting the transgender community should be seen not just as a responsibility for networks, but as an opportunity,” said Mike Thompson. “There are rich characters and stories yet to be written that would also help networks reflect the full spectrum of the LGBT community.”

One example can be found on the TeenNick show Degrassi, which features the continuing storyline of a transgender teen named Adam. GLAAD worked with Degrassi on the scripts of several episodes, including Adam’s introduction in “My Body is a Cage,” which received a Peabody Award and was recently nominated for an Emmy® Award.

GLAAD will release its 16th Annual GLAAD Where We Are On TV report in September 2011. This analysis will examine LGBT inclusion as well as the gender and race/ethnicity of all scripted characters scheduled to appear during the 2011-2012 season.

You can read GLAAD’s NRI report here.

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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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