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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:

Lafayette "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).

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  1. Does no one at GLADD have a sense of humor? Family guy insults every possible group and class, and does so in what I find to be a hilarious manner.

    Posted by: rayrayj | Jul 27, 2009 10:46:47 AM


  2. GLAAD supported "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" but condemned "Bruno."

    What does that tell ya?

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 27, 2009 10:52:58 AM


  3. I like Family Guy. It's good they bring the topic up, and they make fun of everything so it's all good. Anyone with a brain could figure out they aren't being homophobic.

    Posted by: Nathan | Jul 27, 2009 12:48:49 PM


  4. Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad, is a strong supporter of gay rights including marriage equality. Obviously, GLAAD did not watch the episode in context because if they did they would know that Family Guy makes fun of everybody, period.

    Posted by: brentbent | Jul 27, 2009 1:16:06 PM


  5. The sad thing is the GLAAD people actually think their number crunching is important.

    Posted by: JMDRWAC | Jul 27, 2009 1:35:59 PM


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