A new report by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says the most gay-friendly broadcast and cable networks are Fox and and HBO, respectively, reports EW.com’s Inside TV blog.
Across scripted shows on broadcast and cable, fewer LGBT characters are being depicted, the story says. About 2.9% of scripted series regulars on broadcast networks are LGBT characters, down from a high of 3.9% last fall, the story notes. Cable had 29 LGBT characters on mainstream networks this fall, down from a high of 40 in 2008, the piece notes.
Fox represents 6.8% of its characters as LGBT, an improvement from 2007, when the network didn’t feature a single LGBT character as a series regular, the story adds. CBS finished in last place for the fourth year in a row, with only one of the network’s 134 series regulars being LGBT, the story adds.
HBO features 11 LGBT characters, the most on cable, the piece notes. Of those, seven are series regulars.