ABC Top Gay Network
AUGUST 7, 2007: So that's why I watch ABC shows all the time! Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has released a new study today honoring ABC for the most extensive portrayal of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender characters on network TV, while giving FOX "failing" grade.
According to Variety, shows like "Desperate Housewives," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Ugly Betty" which all have regular gay characters, have helped ABC get the top marks from GLAAD.
Although there are fewer GLBT characters on TV today than 7 years ago, many of them are quality, multidimensional, complex characters.
The study says: "ABC has raised the bar for the broadcast networks of how to seamlessly weave our stories and relationships into the fabric of shows that have a broad audience and mainstream appeal."
A new gay couple moving to Wisteria Lane and a transgender character on ABC's upcoming rookie drama "Dirty Sexy Money" are sure to keep the network in the top spot next year as well.
Only 6% of FOX programming included gay characters, as opposed to 15% of ABC programming. A gay male of Middle Eastern descent however appeared on the now-canceled "The War at Home."
The study does not anticipate any improvement the following year, since the producers of FOX's most popular program "American Idol" do not point out gay contestants.