GLAAD reports bleak results for TV

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.

Cast of FOX's Glee. Photo from Google Images.

Cast of FOX's Glee. Photo from Google Images.

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.

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5 thoughts on “GLAAD reports bleak results for TV

  1. See, I liked the way that Kurt’s dad reacted. True, it was less-than pleased, sure – but it was a far thing from the stereotypes of parents being really upset/disowning their kids, etc. I think that as the media begins showing parents reacting more positively, parents will begin to know how to react positiviely. That’s one thing that we as a culture haven’t normed in a positive way.

    • “I think that as the media begins showing parents reacting more positively, parents will begin to know how to react positively.”

      The human race now needs television shows to LEARN what our proper reactions “should” be in a given situation? That is a sad state indeed. What will we do if comedies stop showing us the way?

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