The number of gay and bisexual characters on scripted broadcast network TV is at its highest-ever level in the season ahead, according to the [17th-annual “Where We Are on TV” report released Friday by the] Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The total on cable television is also going up…
The study reviewed 97 scripted TV programs scheduled to air in the upcoming season on the broadcast networks, counting a total of 701 series regular characters. The study found that 31 of them are LGBT characters.
ABC has the highest amount with 10 out of 194, or 5.2 percent, of their regular characters identified as LGBT.
After leading last year, Fox ranks second with six LGBT characters out of 118 total series regulars, or 5.1 percent.
Study finds rise in gay characters on network TV
The rankings for the broadcast networks are (in order) ABC, Fox, the CW, NBC, and CBS. For cable networks, Showtime leads the pack, but HBO’s “True Blood” leads among all shows as it features six LGBTQ characters. Download the report as a PDF here.
At 6:26 p.m local time last night, an hour or so after the last appeal was denied, Texas executed a mentally retarded black man named Marvin Wilson, a man who could not handle money or navigate a phone book, a man who sucked his thumb and could not always tell the difference between left and right, a man who, as a child, could not match his socks, tie his shoes or button his clothes, a 54-year-old man with an IQ of 61 which, his attorneys were quick to point out, is ‘below the first percentile of human intelligence.’
Oxford University students will no longer have to wear gender-specific academic clothing after concerns it was unfair to the transgender community.
It will mean men can attend formal occasions in skirts and stockings and women in suits and bow ties.
The new rules come after a motion by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer society (LGBTQ Soc) was passed by the students’ union earlier this year.
The changes, to start from 4 August, have now been agreed by the university.
She’s a product of not very far from here, in Waverly, Tennessee, where she was most likely to succeed in her class, a member of the 4-H. Her dad is a colonel in the Tennessee National Guard. This is somebody that’s very Tennessee, and I think maybe the important thing to recognize is this is somebody who could have a lot of great jobs in a lot of places.
— In which Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R), kindly tells conservative critics upset over the appointment of a Muslim woman to a state office, to back off
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