Gay Characters on Scripted TV Increasing

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The number of homosexual characters on scripted television is rising, according to a new report by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

The gay rights group's annual "Where We Are on TV" study found that there are 23 gay and lesbian characters that regularly appear on TV shows this season -- or 3.9 percent of all series on regular scripted shows.

Last year, 3 percent of roles were for gay characters and the conservative Media Research Center told CBN News the numbers will continue to grow.

"Hollywood is out to normalize gay relationships and transgender relationships and pretty much any alternative lifestyle through the use of broadcast and cable television," explained Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for the Media Research Center. "If they really want diversity they would have actual Christian characters, actual conservative characters, who put forth good positive messages about those beliefs."

"But that's something Hollywood really doesn't want to see," he added.

GLAAD reviewed 84 series on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and CW for their study.

ABC led the networks in gay representation, with 7.2 percent or 11 regular characters out of a total of 152, followed by FOX with five out of 100, or 5 percent.

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