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After A Record-Setting Year, Fewer Gay And Bisexual Characters Are On Television

GLAAD's 18th annual "State Of Television" report shows that although cable LGBT depictions are growing, you didn't see as many gay faces on broadcast TV this year.

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GLAAD's "Network Responsibility Index" (NRI), looks back on the previous season and rates the networks on LGBT-inclusive content between June 2012 and May 2013.

Based on the overall quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBT representation on scripted programming, GLAAD has assigned a grade to each network a ranking of "excellent, good, adequate, or failing." Each program was reviewed for on-screen inclusion of LGBT representations, looking for the number of LGBT-inclusive hours out of total broadcast hours.

Receiving a score of "Good":

*No networks received a rating of "Excellent" this year.


For the first time since GLAAD began this report, the number of regular and recurring male LGBT characters expected this season is equal to the number of female LGBT characters.


On cable networks, the number of regular LGBT characters continued to increase from 35 to 42 this year, while the number of recurring characters decreased from 26 to 24.

GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz stated:

Last season was a stellar one when it comes to the sheer number of gay, lesbian and bisexual representations on television, though diversity within those storylines showed room for improvement.

Read the full reports here.

The full report also touchs upon streaming content, daytime television, and Spanish television.