HBO, Showtime, ABC Get Plus Points from GLAAD
Yet again, HBO is leading the pack for having the most portrayals--and the most positive portrayals--of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) characters on their shows, according to a report from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, or GLAAD.

The organization's third Network Responsibility Index saw HBO score the highest rating and a "Good" grade, with 42% of its programming featuring LGBT characters.  The cable network is home to shows such as True Blood, Entourage and No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, all of which have prominent LGBT characters.

Among other networks taking a "Good" grade, Showtime was in second place, followed by ABC--which leads all free-to-air networks, thanks to shows such as Grey's Anatomy and Brothers and Sisters--and The CW.

GLAAD gave Fox an "Adequate" rating, applauding its increase of LGBT content, while calling out "problematic content" in some of their shows--the presence of offensive images on a couple of episodes of Family Guy, for instance, as well as Nigel Lythgoe's controversial remarks in an episode of So You Think You Can Dance.  NBC and CBS both took "Failing" grades, as well as A&E, Syfy and TBS.

"This year programming was not only inclusive of LGBT people, but networks like HBO are beginning to reflect the broad diversity within our community," GLAAD senior director of media programs Rashad Robinson said in a statement.  The organization is also confident that more LGBT content will be aired in the upcoming season, especially with the premieres of the ABC comedy Modern Family and the Fox series Glee.

"[There] is a tremendous opportunity for networks to share the stories of all members of our community, including lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as well as LGBT people of color--all groups which continue to be underrepresented," Robinson said.

- Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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