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Friday
Oct212011

Chaz Bono to Be Honored with Hero Award from Education Group

ABC/RICK ROWELL(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, a national organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, plans to honor Chaz Bono Friday with its Hero Award at the annual Respect Awards in Beverly Hills.

Bono, the child of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher and a current contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has written three books including Transition, his candid account of a 40-year struggle to match his gender identity with his physical body and his transformation from female to male.  He has recently shared his life and experiences in the three-time Emmy nominated documentary Becoming Chaz.

Speaking to ABC News Radio about the award, Bono said, “It's great, it's a great honor, I mean it's an organization that does so much for kids and anti-bullying and those are all subjects really close to my heart and so I'm really happy to be getting a nod from them.”

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Wednesday
Sep282011

GLAAD Sees Decline in Number of Gay Characters on TV

ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE(NEW YORK) -- GLAAD has announced that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters account for 2.9 percent of regular characters in primetime scripted broadcast TV for the 2011-12 season. That's down from 3.9 percent in 2010.

The percentage of LGBT characters on primetime scripted cable TV also dipped from last year, according to GLAAD.

From Modern Family to True Blood to Glee, many of the shows acclaimed by both critics and audiences are also invested in developing LGBT characters.

"We're ecstatic," Matt Kane, GLAAD's associate director of entertainment and media, said about ABC's Modern Family, which recently won the Emmy for best comedy series for the second year in a row.

"It's a great show, it's a hit with viewers and critics," Kane said. "We're very excited to see how they're going to approach this new storyline of Mitchell and Cameron adopting a second son [sic]."

GLAAD's report also found that there are currently no recurring black LGBT characters on broadcast shows.

"I think we're going to see more and more gay characters on both cable and network TV as time goes on," said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD's senior director of programs. "The American public is hungry for diverse characters. They want TV to be reflective of their experience in life."

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