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By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: October 10th, 2012
More gay characters on television

If you saw the newspaper today, or read the online version, you may have read the article by the Associated Press that, according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the total of gay characters on both television and cable is on the rise.

The study reviewed 97 scripted programs–so this isn’t even counting the unscripted, so-called reality shows–and found that this upcoming season reflects an uptick of 2.9 percent of actors appearing on prime-time netword dramas and comedies. Not that there’s an overwhelming majority or anything. Gay characters still only make up 4.4 percent of the total.

“Where are we on TV?” is also a measure of sorts of GLAAD’s efforts to make sure that representation of gay characters is accurate and true-to-real life and not merely rehashing old stereotypes.

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