GLAAD’s 16th annual Where Are We on TV Report for the 2011-2012 broadcast season of LGBT representation in primetime and cable television has just been released, and the results are surprising. Of all the major networks, rising to the top of this year’s list of the most inclusive networks is none other than FOX. Nearly seven percent of their mainstream shows have LGBT characters scripted for the new television season, a major increase from 2007 when FOX had zero LGBT characters.
HBO’s “True Blood” and Showtime’s “Shameless” are in the lead once again with the most gay and lesbian representation (they tied with six recurring gay characters). GLAAD collected data using information provided by ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and CW, and the results show that sadly the numbers on a whole are down 3.9 percent since last year.