NewsWed Sep 24, 2008 - 12:15 pm EST
2008-2009 Television Season to More than Double Homosexual Characters
By Tim Waggoner
WASHINGTON, September 24, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - America’s major broadcast networks are upping their promotion of the homosexual movement, doubling the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual scripted characters for the 2008-2009 broadcast schedule since last year.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) conducted their annual "Where We Are On TV" report on the five broadcast networks - ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW. GLAAD found that the number of LGBT scripted characters appearing in this year’s 88 scripted dramas and comedies jumped to 16 from last year’s seven.
This finding has broken a trend, as the proportion of LGBT characters to heterosexual characters fell in the three years before the 2008-2009 broadcast year, from 1.4 percent to 1.1 percent, but increased for this year to 2.6 percent.
Fox, which had no LGBT characters in their broadcast schedule last year, has made the biggest move in advancing the gay agenda with five LGBT characters to appear in this year’s schedule. ABC continues to lead the way with seven LGTB characters, while CBS has decided not to broadcast sitcoms with regular scripted LGBT characters.
Non-contract recurring LGBT characters are also becoming more prevalent, with the five broadcast networks this year airing 19, as opposed to last year’s 13.
On the other hand, mainstream cable networks have reduced the number of LGBT regular scripted characters to appear in this year’s broadcast schedule to 32 from last year’s 40.