Thursday, August 16, 2007

Television, other media and GLAAD

It's so addicting sometimes . . . the primetime television season will begin soon on some networks while it is still a month or more away for some programs. In preparation, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has released the first Network Responsibility Index. This report critiques the public networks and their primetime television programming based on the "quantity and quality of images of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people on network television."

While there are many opportunities, especially if you subscribe to the cable or satellite services, to view television programming and movies that have an actual or perceived gay character or address LGBT issues, this report covers the ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC. (Not included in this report are Noggin - where episodes (like the one entitled Pride) of Degrassi: The Next Generation and South of Nowhere continue to have LGBT teen-related storylines - and ABC Family, to name just a couple of the cable channels that also feature LGBT characters and/or issues.)

* GLAAD presents media awards each year, going beyond the major television networks, to recognize outstanding portrayals of LGBT people and their issues. To find out more about this initiative and the 2007 nominees you can visit the GLAAD: 18th Annual Media Awards website.

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