GLAAD just released its annual “Network Responsibility Index” which scans every major television network to find which ones gave LGBT issues the most airtime in the last year. You can read the full report here, but, with the help of The Advocate, I’m listing the basic info below, where you’ll find broadcast and cable networks listed from best to worst. Not too many surprises here, except maybe that Behind the Candelabra failed to earn HBO a coveted “Good” mark, and out of the two channels that scored “Failing,” one scored a big fat zero in LGBT-inclusive airtime.
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Fox takes the No. 1 slot, because, hello, Glee.
Any network that OKs that paisley shirt gets an automatic +1,000 gay points, right?
I’m still mourning the loss of The New Normal, but mostly because I miss Justin Bartha’s cute mug.
Philly’s Cory Wade Hindorff’s turn on America’s Next Top Model has put the CW on gay-overload.
CBS managed to eke by with an “Adequate” score, thanks, no doubt, to this memorable smooch by the Beekman Boys on Amazing Race.
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The GLAAD report says, “the majority of LGBT impressions on ABC Family were on the drama Pretty Little Liars, one of ABC Family’s most popular and recognizable series.”
Out producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story centered around a lesbian reporter named Lana.
From the GLAAD report: “The series Web Therapy featured a storyline about Fiona’s (Lisa Kudrow) husband being revealed as gay, though it only aired two of its episodes in primetime last year.”
Gay lacrosse player Danny in MTV sitcom Teen Wolf.
The regular appearance of Honey Boo Boo’s gay uncle Poodle on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo helped boost TLC’s gay score.
From GLAAD: “True Blood remained one of the most inclusive shows on all of television last season, but like the season before it, not every LGBT character made it out alive.
Lesbian FBI agent Diana Barrigan in USA’s White Collar
“The police drama series Southland remained one of the most inclusive programs on [TNT] as it continued to prominently feature gay LAPD officer John Cooper (left).
On Tyler Perry’s House of Payne teenage character Rashard came out of the closet, but his minor role wasn’t enough to lift TBS’s failing mark.
“The closest the [History Channel] seemed to get [to having LGBT-inclusive content this year] was was on the scripted drama Vikings, which depicted one “straight” viking couple sexually propositioning a monk they had enslaved.” An especially biting sting in the middle of LGBT History Month, huh?