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October 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

GLAAD, the gay-rights media watchdog, which for years has found broadcast and cable networks sorely wanting in their depiction of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters, had mostly praise for them in their new report card, which it calls its Network Responsibility Index. For the first time, three networks, the cable outlets HBO, ABC Family and MTV received "excellent" grades from the organization, commenting that they are "producing some of the best LGBT-inclusive programming we’ve yet seen." Singled out for special praise were MTV’s Faking It, HBO’s Looking, and ABC Family’s The Fosters. ABC, The CW, Fox, NBC, FX and Showtime were each graded "good," and CBS, TLC and USA received "adequate" marks. It noted that in the 2014-15 season, 3.9 percent of the characters in primetime broadcast scripted shows are gay, lesbian or bisexual, up from 3.3 percent in the 2013-14 season. Those shows also have 33 recurring LGBT roles while cable scripted series have 41 LGBT recurring roles. Transgender characters also have major roles on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black and on Amazon’s Transparent.