This week the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation announced bleak results in its annual “Where We Are On T.V.” report. GLAAD estimates that 3 percent of all scripted characters on T.V. are LGBT, for a total of 18 recurring characters. Of those 18, only five are women.
For mainstream cable the numbers have decreased, from 32 recurrent characters the previous year to a mere 25 for 2009.
And while the results are less than stellar, one new show that is presenting a positive image for LGBT people is Glee. The lead singer of the glee club, Rachel, is the daughter of two gay men. Kurt, a recurrent gay character, grapples with his sexuality and coming out to his less-than-pleased papa. The show also features Jane Lynch, out lesbian actress and Joyce Wischnia from The L Word. And with a musical break every 15 minutes and guest stars like Broadway’s Kristin Chenoweth, it may just be the queerest thing on network T.V.