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ABC Family Network Tops GLAAD Report

By Charlotte Robinson, August 04, 2011
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Today GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation) released its fifth annual Network
Responsibility Index (NRI), a report that rates the
quantity, quality & diversity of images of LGBT
people on television. Primetime programming on
the 5 broadcast networks was evaluated as well as
original primetime programming on 10 major cable
networks. ABC Family became the 2nd network in
the NRI's history to earn an "Excellent" rating from
GLAAD. Of its 103 hours of original primetime
programming, 55% included LGBT-inclusive images
which also reflected the ethnic & racial diversity of
the LGBT community. It is notable that both ABC
Family & MTV, which in 2010 received the first-ever
"Excellent" rating from GLAAD, are both youth-
oriented networks. This is great news but we wish
that other networks would wake up & add more LGBT
inclusive programming. The 16th Annual GLAAD
“Where We Are On TV” report on diversity will be
issued in September 2011. This analysis will examine
LGBT inclusion as well as the gender & race/ethnicity
of all scripted characters scheduled to appear during
the 2011-2012 season. Updates to Come…:)
For a More Info: glaad.org
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1 comment:

Herndon Graddick said...

ABC Family programs like Pretty Little Liars and Greek have woven gay, lesbian, and bisexual characters into their stories in a way that mirrors the diversity of our community and the experiences of younger generations. Viewers expect to see television environments that accurately reflect what it's like to be a young adult, and today that includes young adults who happen to be gay.

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