Monday, July 27, 2009
For the third year in a row, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) evaluated prime-time programming on 15 major TV networks to determine how often LGBT characters are portrayed in their content. Aaaaaand the winner isssss... HBO!
...Of HBO's 14 original prime-time series, 10 included content reflecting the lives of gay, bisexual and transgender people. That totaled 42 percent of the network's programming hours, in series such as "True Blood," "Entourage" and "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency."
That's excellent that LGBT people are portrayed in almost half of HBO's primetime programming. Of course, how they are portrayed is an entirely different discussion. Still, is portraying people who are queer stereotypically better than not portraying them at all?