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GLAAD: More gay and lesbian characters now in primetime

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Primetime boasts more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters than ever, according to a new report.

Glaadlogo The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s 15th annual “Where We Are on TV” study found that the networks have showcased 23 LGBT primetime characters in the 2010-2011 season, making up 3.9% of all scripted series regulars.

That’s up from 3% last year, as well as 1.1% in 2007. The study also found that cable had once again increased the number of LGBT regulars, to 35 this year (from 25 last year).

“The increase in lesbian, gay and bisexual characters on primetime television not only reflects the shift in American culture toward greater awareness and understanding of our community, but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting,” said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios.

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