HBO tops the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s third annual Network Responsibility Index, a study that evaluates the quantity, quality and diversity of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people on television.
Among the five broadcast and 10 of the highest-rated cable networks, once again none earned the top “excellent” ranking, with five, including NBC and CBS, getting a “failing” grade.
Four nets were rated “good,” led by HBO with 42% representation of LGBT characters, a 16% increase from last year. Virtually all non-sports original HBO series included LGBT content, with shows such as “True Blood” and “The No. 1 Lades Detective Agency” lauded for featuring “complex and authentic LGBT characters from diverse backgrounds.”
Also singled out in the report is ABC’s drama “Brothers & Sisters,” which features three regular gay characters, as well as the network’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” which has a bisexual woman among the leads.
The full report can be downloaded from GLAAD (PDF file)