HBO Leading Network in Depicting Gay Characters on TV

Jul 26, 2009  •  Post A Comment

HBO had the highest score among 15 networks for its representation of gay characters last season the Associated Press reports, citing a report released today.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s third annual Network Responsibility Index found that of HBO’s 14 original prime-time series, 10 included content reflecting the lives of gay, bisexual and transgender people. That was good for 42% of the network’s programming hours, in series including "True Blood," "Entourage" and "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency."

NBC and CBS only included them in 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively, of prime-time hours, the report said.

For the report, GLAAD reviewed all prime-time programming on the five major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and the CW) and 10 prominent cable networks from June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2009, the AP said.

—Tom Gilbert


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