Imagine if it were your job to do this–to watch thousands of hours of television and look for gay characters in an effort to prove that gay people aren’t being accurately represented in the media. Then, imagine if it were your job to actually write down what you found, in a 4000-word report.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) representations have increased for the third year in a row to a record percentage according to an analysis of the 2010-2011 scripted primetime broadcast television season conducted by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
Great news! I guess that means GLAAD’s work is paying off. The gays are alright! Oh.
For 15 years, GLAAD has tracked the visibility of the LGBT community on television by counting the number of LGBT characters. Since the creation of Where We Are on TV in 2005, GLAAD also began to compile statistics on the sexual orientation, gender identity and race/ethnicity for all scripted characters expected to appear on broadcast television in the coming season.
Thanks to its large cast (and often sexually ambiguous vampires), HBO’s True Blood is the most inclusive program currently on television, featuring six regular and recurring LGBT characters.
Celebrating the gay people who appear in a box in your living room, who are neither gay in real life nor actual people because, jesus fucking christ, they’re vampires, is the job of Access Hollywood, not an organization that purports to be fighting for gay rights.
Think of the time, money, and resources that went into writing this. Think of how else that time, that money, and those resources could have been spent. Think of how it must have felt for the person who sat down and literally typed this paragraph:
Though with the cancellation of the groundbreaking As the World Turns and the recent elimination of the storyline between two gay men on One Life to Live, there are only a few LGBT characters currently on soap operas. Long-running series The Young and the Restless (CBS) features gay attorney Rafe and the recently back-from-the-dead Phillip, while Bianca has recently returned to All My Children (ABC).
Now there’s a reason to kill yourself.