GLAAD the LGBT media advocacy organization, for the first time in the same year rates 3 networks ABC Family, HBO & MTV as "Excellent" in its eighth annual Network Responsibility Index. GLAAD also finds 3.9% of regular characters in primetime scripted broadcast to be LGBT in their 19th Where We Are on TV report which is an increase from 3.3% last year. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, "Television networks are playing a key role in promoting cultural understanding of LGBT lives around the world & are now producing some of the best LGBT-inclusive programming we've yet seen. As they move forward with new programs & storylines, networks must also keep an eye towards diversity & strive to include significant transgender content comparable to those efforts being made by their online competitors, such as Netflix's Orange is the New Black & Amazon's Transparent." Tom Ascheim, President of ABC Family added, "To be relevant to our audience, we must reflect the world as they experience it & we know that experience is based on valuing loving relationships, no matter the gender. This acknowledgment is especially gratifying because it means we are representing their view accurately. We will continue to deliver programming where differences are acknowledged & celebrated." GLAAD also counted 64 regular & 41 recurring LGBT characters on primetime scripted cable series.
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