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GLAAD report grades networks on LGBT representation

And the The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) report, “Network Responsibility Index,” shows ABC came out on top, with BC, shows like Brothers & Sisters and Ugly Betty, boosting its rating. And what is no surprise, FOX scored lowest. (GLAAD):

GLAAD examined all primetime programming — 4,693 hours — on the five major networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, and NBC) from June 1, 2006 – May 31, 2007. Each hour was reviewed for any on-screen major or minor LGBT representations. Based on the overall quantity, quality and diversity of these representations, a grade was assigned to each network: Excellent, Good, Fair, or Failing.

ABC received a grade of Good and led the networks with 15 percent of its primetime programming hours inclusive of LGBT representations. The CW followed with a Fair; 12 percent of its programming hours were LGBT inclusive. CBS received a Fair for its 9 percent of LGBT-inclusive programming hours. NBC was given a Fair for its 7 percent. And FOX received a Failing grade for its 6 percent of LGBT-inclusive programming hours. No network received an Excellent ranking.

“We know that seeing multi-dimensional, diverse people represented on television changes public perception,” says GLAAD Entertainment Media Director Damon Romine, editor of the report. “Millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans fight every day for equality and for the right to live their lives without fear of discrimination and violence. True equality will be in our grasp when network television presents our stories in a fair, accurate and inclusive way.”

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