It’s a good day to be gay. If you’re a gay TV character, that is.
According to GLAAD, this season on network television, the number of gay and bisexual characters in scripted shows is the highest it’s ever been.
4.4% of characters on prime-time shows are gay or bisexual, which is impressive from years past, but not impressive since the national average of actual LGBT-indentifying individuals people is about 8%.
But, this is up from last year, which had 2.9% of characters on shows identified as gay.
The study was conducted from 97 scripted shows scheduled to air this season with a total of 701 series regular characters. 31 of these characters are LGBT.
So what’s the gayest network? ABC. 5.2% of their regular characters are LGBT. I think we have “Modern Family” to thank for opening that door and making gay characters on TV more acceptable.
It’s new shows like “The New Normal” about a gay couple and their surrogate and “Partners” about two childhood friends and architects, one of whom is gay.
This poll doesn’t include Cable channels like Showtime, HBO, FX, or Adult Swim etc.
If they added in those numbers, there would be a lot more LGBT representation.
HBO’s drama “True Blood” has six LGBT characters in ONE show.
“It is vital for networks to weave complex and diverse story lines of LGBT people in the different programs they air," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives."