ABC Family was among several cable networks named as most inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) images and storylines, while HBO offers the most LGBT characters on-air, according to two separate GLAAD reports released Friday.
The 7th annual Network Responsibility Index, which rates networks on LGBT-inclusive content images and storylines, gave a “good” rating to ABC Family, which featured LGBT impressions or storylines in 50% of its original programming, according to the report. MTV and Showtime also received “good” marks, according to the report.
HBO, TLC, TNT and USA Network garnered “adequate” grades, while TBS and History generated “failing” grades, according to the organization.
HBO's original programming content was deemed to have the most on-air LGBT characters for cable with 11, according to the 18th annual Where We Are on TV report which studies scritped characters on shows within the upcoming 2013-14 season. Showtime was second with eight characters. Overall GLADD counted 42 regular LGBT characters on cable, up from 35 last season, with another 24 recurring characters counted.
"Last season was a stellar one when it comes to the sheer number of gay, lesbian and bisexual representations on television, though diversity within those storylines showed room for improvement," said GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz. "Though the number of LGBT characters dropped this season, shows like The Fosters (pictured), with an interracial female couple raising a family, and characters like Unique on Glee have not only moved the conversation about LGBT people forward, but are also a hit with audiences."