The Gay and Lesbian Alliance's "Where We Are on TV" report found that the overall number of LGBT series regulars on scripted TV is down to 2.9 percent. It was at 3.9 percent during the 2010-2011 season.
"While the number of LGBT characters is down, some of the most popular shows with critics and viewers such as 'Glee,' 'True Blood' and 'The Good Wife' weave storylines about gay and lesbian characters into the fabric of the show," Mike Thompson, acting president of GLAAD Acting, said in a statement. "Whether it's the growing household of Mitchell and Cameron on 'Modern Family' or the recent wedding of Callie and Arizona on 'Grey's Anatomy,' Americans expect to see the diversity of our country represented in their favorite programs and that includes gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people."
As reported by 'Entertainment Weekly,' Herndon Graddick, senior of director of programs for GLAAD, said in a statement: "With both gay and transgender contestants represented on this upcoming season, ABC will send viewers a strong message about the diversity within the LGBT community."
Graddick added that, "At a time when transgender representation in the media is sorely lacking, Chaz Bono joining the cast is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognize that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture. Appearing on such a high-profile show will allow millions of Americans to get to know him in a whole new light."
GLAAD evaluated the primetime programming on the five broadcast networks and 10 cable networks.
According to GLAAD, of ABC Family's 103 hours of original programming, 55 percent included "LGBT-inclusive images which also reflected the ethnic and racial diversity of the LGBT community."
"As television audiences get to know our community and the common ground that we all share on the screen and in their own lives, acceptance is growing," Mike Thompson, acting president of GLAAD, said in a statement. "Inclusive programming is a hit with critics and audiences alike who cheered for Kurt and Blaine's romance on 'Glee' or watched the wedding of Callie and Arizona on 'Grey's Anatomy.'"
The contest, dubbed "Modern Day Weddings," offers one winning couple an all-expenses paid wedding to be broadcast live on 'Today.' Previously, same-sex couples were barred from entering because NBC reasoned that "the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place."
But following a campaign by gay rights organization GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), which saw NBC inundated with thousands of letters, emails and tweets decrying the rigid rules, the network has agreed to change the contest's eligibility to an all-inclusive scope.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the hit Fox series, which has already won top honors from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild, snagged the award for Best Comedy.
ABC's 'Brothers and Sisters' won Best Drama, while Lifetime's 'Prayers for Bobby' and Logo's 'RuPaul's Drag Race' took home Best TV Movie or Miniseries and Best Reality Series, respectively.
Meanwhile, comedian and talk-show host Wanda Sykes was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for promoting equal rights.
Adam absolved ABC of responsibility for the cancellations. He Tweeted that it was pressure from the FCC. Then the folks at GLAAD weighed in, coming to Adam's defense. That was followed by the announcement that Adam is now set to appear on ABC's The View on Thursday, December 10. He'll also be on Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People special on December 9.
What you have to consider is he followed that up by telling a contestant who performed in a bizarre lion costume with lightsabers that she was clearly from a different planet. So I think it's more a matter of poorly considered attempts at humor than that Nigel Lythgoe is a homophobe, as he's being accused now by GLAAD. He attempts to spice up the show and make it entertaining with his little comments. We all say stupid and insensitive things that we don't mean from time to time. Maybe it needed to be edited out before broadcast.
Even though GLAAD gave FOX a failing grade, the network's cable counterpart, FX, received top honors for cable channels. The advocacy group praised them for including the most original programming that featured members LGBT community. Special notice was given to Nip/Tuck, which had a gay, lesbian, or bisexual character in every episode. Rescue Me's commitment ceremony storyline was also viewed favorably by the group.
Ugly Betty, Brothers & Sisters, and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List all received GLAAD Media awards in a ceremony held over the weekend. The award honors fair media portrayals of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. This is the second GLAAD award for both ABC shows, which won for Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Drama Series. Kathy Griffin's show is a first-time winner in the Outstanding Reality Series category.
The event was attended by many TV personalities, including T.R. Knight, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Kimmel, and Sally Field. Bravo will air the ceremony at an undetermined date and time. It will be the first time the GLAAD awards have aired on a national cable network.
The star of Tonight was chatting with Ryan Phillippe the other night about the star's new film Stop-Loss. Thanks to some crack researcher on the Tonight writing staff, Jay decided to ask Ryan about one of his earliest acting jobs -- playing Billy Douglas, a closeted, gay teenager on One Life to Live struggling with his sexual identity. In a flip way, Leno asked Ryan to show him what it was like when he was playing gay. He said, "Can you give me your gayest look? Say that camera is Billy Bob... Billy Bob has just ridden in shirtless from Wyoming."
In the group's first ratings report, which ranges from "excellent" to "failing," looks at the number of occurrences of gay characters or themes in the 4,700 hours of programming between June 2006 and May 2007.
The Awards will be broadcast on Logo on April 21st. A list of the television nominees follows the jump. A full list of nominees in all categories can be seen on the GLAAD website.
Controversial new television show The Book of Daniel has been removed from the lineup of Nashville's NBC affiliate after the show drew thousands of complaints from irate viewers, incuding letters faxed in on church letterhead. The show has now been pulled from seven network affiliates, mostly in the South. The Book of Daniel, which features Aidan Quinn as a pill-popping Episcopalian priest with a gay son, has drawn the fire of conservative Christian groups, most notably the American Family Association, which is encouraging members through its website to protest the show and threaten boycotts of advertisers.
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