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    GLAAD report: TV networks slip in LGBT inclusion

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    Despite last year's record-setting numbers, depictions of LGBT characters on TV networks has slipped this year, according to the nation's LGBT media advocacy group.

    GLAAD released its 7th "Annual Network Responsibility Index" and its 18th Annual "Where We Are on TV" report Friday, and while some networks were praised for their inclusion of gay and lesbian characters, networks as a whole failed to live up to last year's bump.

    This year, 3.3% of scripted series regulars will be LGBT, according to the reports, down from 4.4% last year.

    Fox, home to Glee, which prominently features gay and lesbian characters, was found to be the most inclusive broadcast network, while ABC Family is the most inclusive network on cable. On the other side, History and TBS were graded as the worst, with History having no representations of gay or lesbian characters on any of its shows last season.

    Other top channels in the "good" group include ABC, ABC Family, CW, FOX, MTV, NBC, Showtime, with CBS, FX, HBO, TLC, TNT and USA following in the "adequate" category.

    But even Fox, which included LGBT images in 42% of its primetime programming hours, didn't receive an "excellent" rating; the study says this indicates "the need for more diverse LGBT characters and stories" all throughout network television.

    Women make up half of the 46 recurring and regular LGBT characters on broadcast networks, while 28% of that group are people of color. Glee's "Unique" is broadcast's only transgendered character.

    And over on cable, there are 42 regular and 24 recurring LGBT characters, an increase from last season's 35.

    With 11 characters, HBO has the most, GLAAD reported, and Showtime follows with 8. Less than on broadcast networks, 39% of the characters are women and 29% are people of color. The report counts Adam from Degrassi, but he's no longer on the show.

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