Thursday, 02 October 2014 21:54

GLAAD Has Released Its Report On The Representation Of LGBT Characters

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 GLAAD has released its annual report on the representation of LGBT characters on television, cable and Internet over broadcast networks.

Last year, the results were far from satisfactory since the number of LGBT characters on television was very down but this year, things are going much better.

However, there is some work to do in representing transgender people despite the series "Orange is the New Black" from Netflix and "Transparent" from Amazon.

The overall on-screen progress comes as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has made social and political strides that include legalization of same-sex marriage in some U.S. states and the end of a military ban on openly gay service members, GLAAD said.

Compared to the previous year, LGBT characters are up 3.3%. There are currently 32 out of 813 LGBT characters.

As for TV channels, FOX leads with 6.5% of LGBT characters but ABC is falling 4.5% this year. NBC has 3.8% of LGBTs. CBS is up and going to 3.2%. Finally, the CW did not have any LGBT characters.

On cable, things are also getting better this year since there are 64 LGBT characters against 42 the previous year.

HBO has the most, followed by ABC family and Showtime.

But the problem GLAAD highlights this year is the representation of female characters which has fallen and is now 40%, down 3 points.

Read More: GLAAD's 8th annual Network Responsibility Index (NRI) and the 19th annual Where We Are on TV Report

Photo credit: GLAAD