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Gay characters up on networks

October 02, 2009|Associated Press

The number of gay and bisexual characters on prime-time network TV is up slightly this season to 18 out of 600 roles, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

On mainstream cable channels, the group reported, the number of such characters continued to drop, slipping from 32 in 2008 to 25 this year. The 2007 tally was 40. (Two channels that program for gay viewers, here! and Logo, add 27 gay characters to the cable total, GLAAD said.)

The 14th annual "Where We Are on TV" report released this week found that 3% of actors appearing regularly on broadcast network drama and comedy series in the 2009-10 season will portray gay, lesbian or bisexual characters. That's up from 2.6% in the 2008-09 season. In 2007-08, it was 1.1%.

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