Five Networks Earn Failing Grades from GLAAD over LGBT Inclusion
In its third annual Network Responsibility Index, NBC, CBS, A&E, Sci Fi and TBS all "fail", says GLAAD, when it comes to the quantity, quality and diversity of images of LGBT people on television, according to The Hollywood Reporter:
"Four nets were rated 'good,' led by HBO with 42% representation of LGBT characters, a 16% increase from last year. Virtually all non-sports original HBO series included LGBT content, with shows such as "True Blood" and 'The No. 1 Lades Detective Agency' lauded for featuring 'complex and authentic LGBT characters from diverse backgrounds.' Also singled out in the report is ABC's drama 'Brothers & Sisters,' which features three regular gay characters, as well as the network's 'Grey's Anatomy,' which has a bisexual woman among the leads. Overall, 'GLAAD analysts found that ABC consistently offers the most fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the five broadcast networks,' the survey said. The CW is once again No. 2 among the broadcasters mostly thanks to 'America's Next Top Model' whose seventh cycle featured transgender and bisexual contestants. Fox made a big improvement, increasing its LGBT representation from 4% to 11% and improving its grade from 'failing' to 'adequate,' mostly because of bisexual characters on 'House' and 'Bones.'" The network's upcoming dramedy 'Glee,' which premiered in May, 'shows excellent promise' with its gay characters, the study said. But GLAAD also noted that Fox's tally includes some 'problematic LGBT content,' including what it qualifies as a 'homophobic critique' on 'So You Think You Can Dance' by judge Nigel Lythgow and an 'offensive' gay-themed episode of 'Family Guy.'"
Download GLAAD's full analysis HERE (PDF).