Monday, October 08, 2012

Gay TV, The New ABnormal, UNreality Shows

The latest "Where We Are on TV" report released by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) shows that 4.4% of prime-time TV characters are homosexual, despite the fact that barely over one percent of the U.S. population claim to be "lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender" (LGBT).

In fact, according to this report, homosexuals on TV outnumber Hispanics!

For background, read Gay Agenda: TV's Disproportionate Attention and also read Same-sex Household Count Tiny: U.S. Census as well as American Homosexual Population is Tiny: Study

. . . not only that, but Hollywood Mainstreams Polygamy in TV Series

-- From "Gay TV characters hit a record" by CBS News & The Associated Press 10/5/12

With series such as the "The New Normal" and "Go On," the number of gay characters is on the rise. On cable, there's Lena Dunham's HBO comedy "Girls," which features a gay ex-boyfriend. Charlie Sheen's new FX comedy "Anger Management" also has three regular or recurring gay characters.

The study reviewed 97 scripted TV programs scheduled to air in the upcoming season on the broadcast networks, counting a total of 701 series regular characters. The study found that 31 of them are LGBT characters.

On broadcast TV, male LGBT characters continue to outweigh female characters, 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent, the study found.

. . . Hispanic representation has decreased from 5.6 percent to 4.1 percent.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "LGBT characters on broadcast TV at record high, GLAAD study finds" by Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times 10/5/12

Leading the pack is ABC, home to "Modern Family" and "Happy Endings," where 5.2% of regular scripted characters (or 10 out of 194) are LGBT. Right on their heels is Fox, with six characters, or about 5.1%. Fox is also the only broadcast network to feature a scripted transgender character, Unique on "Glee."

Numbers are also higher across cable television, where GLAAD counted a total of 35 LGBT characters popping up regularly in scripted series. The overall leader is Showtime with 12, while HBO is home to cable's most inclusive show, "True Blood," which has six gay, lesbian or bisexual characters. Adult Swim, ABC Family, TeenNick and MTV also earned high marks.

The GLAAD study also found that 78% (547) of all series regular characters on prime-time broadcast television are white and that male characters outnumber female characters, 55% to 45%. People with disabilities are virtually nonexistent: There are just four in all of prime-time broadcast television (or 0.6%).

Compare that to the actual demographics of the American population – 72% white, 49.1% male – and it’s clear there’s still room for improvement.

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

From "Number of gay characters on TV at all time high: ‘Glee,’ ‘True Blood’ have the most" by John Jalsevac, 10/5/12

True Blood was the cable TV show with the highest number of homosexual characters. GLAAD also said that CBS “improved” and will feature four LGBT characters out of 142 series regulars (2.8 percent), up from 0.7 percent last year. The increase came after GLAAD lambasted the network in a 2010 report, prompting CBS President Nina Tassler to apologize and pledge to “do better.”

“It is vital for networks to weave complex and diverse storylines of LGBT people in the different programs they air,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “When young LGBT people see loving couples like Callie and Arizona on Grey’s Anatomy or Degrassi‘s confident transgender high school student Adam Torres, they find characters they can look up to and slowly start building the courage to live authentically.”

To read the entire article above, CLICK HERE.

Also read White House Says Gay Recruitment of Kids Successful