Record Number Of Gay Characters On TV

American VoicesOpinion ISSUE 48•40 Oct 5, 2012

A record 4.4 percent of all scripted TV characters on the five major networks are either gay, bisexual, or transgender this season, with a total of 111 LGBT characters across all channels, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. What do you think?

  • “Wow, I’ve got to be honest: That’s far lower than the number I’ve been shouting in my church.”

    Del Fries –
    Minister

  • “And exactly how many straight characters are there on TV? Nobody knows, because the media doesn’t care about straight people.”

    Sterling Weitzner –
    Systems Analyst

  • “One day, hopefully, we won’t even notice their sexuality, and they’ll just become the same under-realized, hackneyed characters we barely acknowledge and completely forget about as soon as the episode ends.”

    Hazel Shepard –
    Reference Librarian