LGBT organization GLAAD has good news and bad news when it comes to the inclusion of gay and lesbian characters on television. Many channels, including Fox and ABC, saw an increase in the number of LGBT storylines featured in their programmings from the 2011-2012 season to the 2012-2013 season. Overall, however, there was a drop in the percentage of gay and lesbian characters on prime-time broadcast dramas and comedies -- from 4.4 percent of all characters in last season's study to 3.3 percent.
The findings were part of two studies released Friday by GLAAD: its 18th annual Where We Are on TV report and its seventh annual Network Responsibility Index. The organization breaks down the number of LGBT characters represented on network and cable, judging the characters also on race, orientation and whether they played major or minor roles in the storyline.
No channels were rated "Excellent" by GLAAD's standards, but ABC, ABC Family, CW, FOX, MTV, NBC and Showtime were all scored "Good." TBS and the History Channel received failing grades, with the latter lacking any LGBT content or characters whatsoever.
The report also pointed out certain shows that excelled or fell flat in their depiction of LGBT characters. It praised Fox's "Glee," calling it "without a doubt, one of the most inclusive shows on Fox and on television in general," particularly for its inclusion of a transgender character -- a rarity on television. However, of Fox's sister channel, FX, GLAAD said, "The network needs to understand that 'edgy' does not need to mean 'offensive.'"
In addition to studying LGBT content on television, GLAAD this year released a similar report on the film industry, where it found the representation of gay and lesbian characters far worse.