A study of the 2012-13 TV season found that 4.4 percent of the characters are gay. This percentage is more that twice the actual gay American population (1.7%).
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) views this as a nice start.
GLAAD released a report honoring Fox for featuring gay characters ins 42% of its programming hours yet only gave Fox a “good” (not “excellent”) rating overall. The same report blasted the History Channel and Cartoon Network for their lack of gay characters.
Thirty-one percent of voters have become “more inclusive” of “marital equality” in the past ten years. Twenty-seven percent of those respondents listed “inclusive TV” as influencing them to become more “inclusive.”
TV’s portrayal of the LBGT lifestyle has undoubtedly affected American perceptions. According to a 2011 Gallup poll, the average America thinks 25% of the population is gay.