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Number of Gay Characters on TV Declines

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 28th 2011 11:30AM
The Good Wife, GleeThe number of gay characters on broadcast TV shows is down, according to a new report from GLAAD. And in a surprising turn, Fox has become the most LGBT-inclusive TV network, toppling ABC.

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."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Casting News Welcomed by GLAAD

by Catherine Lawson, posted Aug 30th 2011 5:55AM
'DWTS' Season 13 CastThe cast for 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 was announced last night, and the inclusion of both the show's first transgender contestant (Chaz Bono) and an openly gay man (Carson Kressley) has been applauded by the The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

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."

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GLAAD Praises ABC Family, 'Pretty Little Liars' For LGBT Characters

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2011 3:00PM
Pretty Little LiarsThe Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has given ABC Family an "Excellent" rating in its fifth annual Network Responsibility Index, a report on LGBT people on TV.

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.'"

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'Today' Will Allow Same-Sex Couples to Enter Wedding Contest

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 9th 2010 11:30AM
Meredith VieriaIt's a brand new day on the 'Today' show: According to The Wrap, NBC is changing the rules for its morning show's annual wedding contest in order to allow same-sex couples to apply.

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.

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'Glee' Hits High Note at GLAAD Awards

by Andrew Scott, posted Apr 19th 2010 9:00AM
Glee'Glee' was among the big winners at Saturday's 21st annual GLAAD Media Awards.

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.

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Adam Lambert booked on The View

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2009 2:00PM
adam_lambert_foxThe on-again, off-again love affair between ABC and American Idol star Adam Lambert is making my head spin. In the past week or so, still stinging over Lambert's over the top performance at the American Music Awards, ABC dropped Adam Lambert appearances on Good Morning American, Jimmy Kimmel Live and New Year's Rockin' Eve.

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.

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I actually understand what Nigel was trying to say on SYTYCD

by Jason Hughes, posted May 23rd 2009 8:10AM
Nigel LythgoeAs a former male dancer, I understand Nigel's point about the male and female roles in partner dancing. And Mary's confusion in figuring out how to judge Misha Belfer and Mitchel Kibel, two guys who partnered on a samba. The roles of each partner are very clearly defined in that form of dance, and they are traditionally gender specific. What didn't work out as well was Nigel's pithy little jokes. He went the easy route saying things like the boys "might actually like it" about dancing with girls, even though they've done so in the past.

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.

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GLAAD praises ABC and FX, but gives NBC and FOX the big fail

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jul 14th 2008 7:01PM
Brothers & Sisters Wedding Kevin ScottyIncluding gay characters on your TV show is good, unless it's two lesbians who fall in love with a straight man, as they do in a storyline on New Amsterdam. FOX learned that the hard way when they received a failing grade from GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) on their second annual GLAAD Network Responsibility Index. The index measures the "quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on television."

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.

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GLAAD Media awards recognize outstanding TV series

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 28th 2008 12:34PM

Michael Urie and Vanessa WilliamsUgly 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.

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Jay Leno apologizes for gay remarks from Phillippe interview

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 2nd 2008 11:38AM
LenoYou would think since Don Imus and his dumb attempt at humor got him kicked off of MSNBC that TV personalities would think before they joke. You would like to think that's true -- but it's not. In the latest bit of amazing insensitivity and stupidity, NBC's Jay Leno has apologized for a gay gag.

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."

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Study says TV not gay enough

by Varun Lella, posted Aug 8th 2007 1:42PM
Ugly BettyAccording to a new study released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, depictions of gay, lesbian and transgender characters and issues are not doing so well on prime-time television.

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.

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GLAAD Media Award nominees announced

by Julia Ward, posted Jan 23rd 2007 11:03AM
Justin and Ignacio Ugly BettyThe GLAAD Media Award nominations were announced over the weekend. The Awards honor films, movies, music, news outlets, advertisements, plays and even comic books that offer "fair, accurate and inclusive" representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. There are no real surprises among the nominees, which include The L Word, Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty ("jazz hands") and The Office. The individual episode nominations are reserved for those shows without regular gay characters and include Grey's Anatomy, a show making headlines right now not for its storylines but for actor Isaiah Washington's reported homophobic remarks. Amazingly, South Park was not nominated for its brave portrayal of a post-op Mrs. Garrison.

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.

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More gay people, please

by Adam Finley, posted Aug 22nd 2006 11:02AM
simpsonsGLAAD, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, have released their annual tally of gay characters in leading or supporting roles on network television, and they're not pleased with the results. They've counted nine gay, lesbian, or bisexual characters out of a total of eight shows. Meanwhile, the Eskimo Coalition is reporting much smaller numbers than GLAAD. Honestly, I don't know how to feel about this. I like to see everyone represented fairly, and for shows to represent the diversity that exists within these groups, but I'm not sure how realistic that is. It seems the content and themes of television programs are driven by the market more than anything. Once in awhile a show will manage to break through and set a new standard, but the notion that eventually everyone will be represented equally across the board seems a tad naive.

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American Idol pisses off gay, lesbian groups

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 23rd 2006 10:42AM
aiThe season premiere of American Idol included a few questionable comments that have ticked off gay rights groups. The group, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), is demanding to meet with Idol producers over two specific comments made by Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson. During one audition, Simon told a hopeful to "shave off your beard and wear a dress." I believe he added that the contestant would make an excellent female impersonator. The second comment came from Jackson, who asked an effeminate contestant named Zachary if he was a girl. Then, when Zachary left the auditions, the theme to The Crying Game was played. Neither contestant made it to the next round.

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Another station cans Book of Daniel

by Kim Voynar, posted Jan 13th 2006 9:09PM

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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