Record number of “GLBT” characters on U.S. TV series

Broadcast in the United States television reported records number in the year 2012 season in terms of presence of homosexual, reflecting greater tolerance of American thereto, as estimated on Friday, a group defending the rights of this group. Some 31 characters gay, bisexual and transgender (lesbian, gay and transgender, LGBT) represent 4.4% of the 701 fictional characters present in the series broadcast by the five major U.S. television networks, according to the collective defense of Gay Rights GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). These constituted 2.9% last season, down to 2010 of 3.9%, much higher than that of 2007, by 1.1%.

In cable television, 61 characters are gay; the report does not offer a percentage. In Fox musical series “Glee”, created by an author openly gay, Ryan Murphy, has six gay characters alone, although traditional chains are more conservative than cable. This progress “reflects the cultural change in the way that homosexuals are perceived in the country,” said Herndon Graddick, GLAAD president. “The public wants to see in their favorite the same diversity in their daily lives.” The report comes at a time when there is a debate in the U.S. about a recurring issue regarding controversial, gay marriage, which is strongly opposed by the Conservatives. Three states have voted on this issue in the next month. For the first time the group also studied the specific role of the ethnic group and gender, accounting for 44.5% of female, 12% black and 4.1% Latino.

CBS was saluted as the most-improved network, with four out of 142 LGBT series regulars, or 2.8 percent, up from 0.7 percent last year. Among CBS’s new fall series is “Partners,” a comedy about two childhood friends and business partners, one of whom is gay and in a relationship. The network’s lineup represents “an authentic and conscious effort by CBS to improve its diversity,” the study said.
Compare to other years, African-American representation has grown from 9.9 percent to 12 percent, while Hispanic representation has decreased from 5.6 percent to 4.1 percent.

“It is vital for networks to weave complex and diverse story lines of LGBT people in the different programs they air,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “More and more Americans have come to accept their LGBT family members, friends, co-workers and peers, and as audiences tune into their favorite programs, they expect to see the same diversity of people they encounter in their daily lives.”

ABC is a unit of The Walt Disney Co.; CBS and Showtime are divisions of CBS Corp.; NBC and Syfy are part of Comcast Corp.; Fox and FX are units of News Corp.; HBO is a unit of Time Warner Inc.; MTV and TeenNick are part of Viacom Inc.’s MTV Networks.

Here are some of the Celebrities who are out

Anderson Cooper “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

Jim Parsons Mr. Parsons is gay and in a 10-year relationship, and working with an ensemble again was like nourishment, (Parsons) said.”

Andrew Rannells he began preparing to star as a gay man in the new NBC sitcom “The New Normal,” he came out to in May.

Zachary Quinto Zachary Quinto came out to New York magazine, taking public ownership of his sexuality with the words “as a gay man.”

Sean Maher, 2011 this is my coming out ball. I’ve been dying to do this.”

Jonathan Knight Knight responded on the band’s website, saying he is proud to be gay and has been open about it for more than 20 years.

Chely Wright Country singer Chely Wright was outed by online magazine Queerty, which speculated Wright would come out the day after the release of her new album and memoir in 2010.

Lady Sovereign British rapper Lady Sovereign came out in an April 2010 interview with Diva magazine.

Sara Gilbert, pictured here during the filming of “Roseanne,” came out during a panel discussion for her CBS show “The Talk.”

Ricky Martin Ricky Martin ended years of media speculation when he published an open letter in Spanish and English to fans on his personal website.

Chris Colfer “Glee” star Chris Colfer came out to an “Access Hollywood” reporter in an interview in 2009. The Times profiled Colfer’s rise from small town stage actor to “Glee” soprano

Sean Hayes Sean Hayes used the Advocate to break the news in a 2010 cover story.

Adam Lambert Rolling Stone magazine broke the news in 2009. Adam Lambert, the “American Idol” star, confirmed what many had been thinking, saying, ”I don’t think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear that I’m gay.”