GLAAD released two reports this week on LGBT representation in television, showing that things are getting better and better for LGBT people on TV.
The Network Responsibility Index rates TV networks based on their LGBT-inclusive content. Three networks received grades of Excellent based on this index: HBO, ABC Family, and MTV. The second report is Where We Are On TV, a "character count and analysis" of TV characters. That report found a 3.3% increase in the number of LGBT-identified scripted regular characters from last year: 32 out of 813 characters on primetime broadcast television.
The recognition did not go unnoticed by network heads. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming, said in a statement that his network was “honored” to “provide a home where [LGBT people] can tell their stories.”
"At HBO we feel if we are not telling diverse stories then we are missing out on some of the best stories," Lombardo added. HBO’s films and series like "The Normal Heart" and "Looking" represented "a part of our history and an ongoing commitment."
ABC Family President Tom Ascheim, whose network is home to “The Fosters" and "Pretty Little Liars,” felt similarly. “This acknowledgment is especially gratifying because it means we are representing their view accurately,” he said.
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