GLAAD: TV's LGBT Characters at All-Time High

The New NormalThanks in part to series like NBC’s The New Normal and CBS’ Partners, broadcast TV this season will feature the highest percentage of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters ever recorded.

GLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report, released Friday, showed that 4.4 percent of broadcast series regular characters will be LGBT this season, up from 2.9 percent in 2011. That number is the highest the group has seen in the 17 years it has tracked TV, and a far cry from 1.1 percent registered in 2007.

The number of LGBT characters on cable series rose, as well.

ABC reclaimed its spot as the most inclusive broadcast network, with LGBT characters on Revenge, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and the upcoming Mistresses. Fox’s Glee, meanwhile, was named the most inclusive show on TV with six LGBT regular or recurring characters; among cable series, True Blood and its six LGBT characters claims that distinction.

The GLAAD report, which forecasts the expected presence of LGBT characters in the season ahead, differs from the organization’s annual Network Responsibility Index, which measures the quantity and quality of LGBT impressions made on TV.

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