Hollywood — GLAAD’s annual surveys of the portrayal of LGBT on television observe that near about four percent of characters are gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
HBO’s “True Blood” leads the pack with six regular gay characters.
ABC has the most LGBT characters across the broadcast networks, with 7.2 percent of all characters fitting this category. CBS was once again dead last, with just one series with a LGBT character (“Kalinda Sharma” on “The Good Wife.”)
ABC was also the only broadcast network to have gay lead characters, with the character of “Kevin Walker” on “Brothers & Sisters,” “Callie Torres” on “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Max” on “Happy Endings,” and “Mitchell” and “Cameron” on “Modern Family.”
There are 35 LGBT characters in shows on the mainstream cable networks (HBO, Showtime, etc.).
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against Defamation said in a press release that there is still a lot of room for improvement.
“It is troubling that the broadcast networks will not feature even one transgender character or one black LGBT character in the upcoming primetime lineup,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. ”Because what people see in the media has a huge impact on how they understand others and perceive themselves, the media has a responsibility to tell stories that include the diversity of our community.”