Networks judged on LGBT representations
Youth-oriented networks MTV and the CW lead the way when it comes to images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.That’s the findings of GLAAD’s fourth annual network responsibility index, which looks to measure “fair, accurate and inclusive LGBT media representations.” GLAAD assigned one of four grades — “excellent,” “good,” “adequate” or “failing” — to the five broadcast networks and 10 major cable outlets. MTV led the way, scoring the first-ever “excellent” grade in the history of the survey. According to GLAAD, 87 hours out of 207.5 total hours of original fare (42%) included LGBT impressions. GLAAD also cited the racial and ethnic diversity of MTV’s characters. “From their inception, MTV programs like ‘The Real World’ and ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ have offered richly diverse portrayals of gay and transgender people that help Americans better understand and accept our community,” said GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios. On the broadcast side, ABC — which had long led among networks — fell to second place, as the CW now leads, with 198.5 hours (or 35%) of LGBT-inclusive programming. Also, for the first time since the report began, all five broadcasters increased the amount of LGBT-inclusive hours on their sked. Networks receiving a “good” rating included ABC, ABC Family, HBO, Lifetime, Showtime and TNT. On the flip side, CBS, USA, TBS and A&E were given “failing” grades.