Wednesday, August 23, 2006
Here We Are Now, Under-represent Us
It's Less Moes, Mo' Problems on network TV these days. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its 11th annual study examining the diversity of the upcoming television season and the results were not so pretty, witty or gay. LGBT characters make up 1.3 percent of series regular characters on the six major broadcast networks for the 2006-07 schedule. The loss of Will and Jack from the primetime lineup means that this coming season slips to only eight gay male characters and one lesbian among the leading/supporting characters. Yes, you read that right, ONE LESBIAN. Hell, I could throw a rock in any direction at the supermarket and hit more lesbians than that. Long story short, when it comes to your regularly scheduled programming, the major network programmers think gay is not OK. Whatever. All the good shows are on cable anyway.