Gay, Bisexual TV Characters Double

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A new study released on Monday shows there are 16 gay and bisexual regular characters in scripted prime-time series this fall.

That's more than double the seven characters scripted last year.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which conducted the study, said it was a positive sign of networks making their shows more representative, although more work needed to be done.

But Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Media Institute at the Media Research Center, disagrees that television is making a point of being more "representative."

"What we don't see is a representative portrayal of regular church attendees, who account for 40 percent of the population," Knight said.

"We're not surprised that the networks are continuing to promote the fiction that the gay lifestyle is natural, normal and has no downsides. They have been pushing pro-gay storylines with the 'help' of gay activists since the studios were intimidated in the 1970s," Knight added.

The percentage of homosexual characters roughly reflects their percentage of the population - under 2 percent.

These characters accounted for 2.6 percent of all the regular characters in TV series, up from 1.1 percent last year and 1.3 percent in 2006, according to the study.

ABC has the most gay and bisexual regular characters: Seven. Fox has five; NBC has three; And the CW has one. CBS has none.

Sources: The Associated Press, CBN News

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