Number of LGBT characters on TV at an all time high

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has today released a report that puts the number of regular lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters on TV at an all time high.

GLADD released its annual ‘Where We Are on TV’ report, which provides a comprehensive review of regular LGBT characters in the 2012-13 TV season.

Following a decrease last year, GLAAD states that the number of characters has risen to its highest ever level and also reports a rise in the number of black characters on TV.

The organisation reviewed 97 scripted TV programs scheduled to air in the upcoming season and counted a total of 701 series regulars. Of those characters, 31 are LGBT.

11 of the 31 are people of colour (35.5%) and one will be a person with a disability. GLAAD counted seven black LGBT characters in the upcoming season compared to none last season.

GLAAD also analysed gender on scripted TV and found that males outweigh females 55.5% to 44.5% in overall numbers.

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