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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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