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GLAAD gives CW network high marks for portrayal of gay and lesbian characters

BY FRAZIER MOORE, AP TELEVISION WRITER

NRI2 NEW YORK -- The advocacy group GLAAD has given the CW network high marks among broadcast outlets for its portrayal of gay and lesbian characters. Meanwhile, cable networks Showtime, ABC Family, TNT and HBO all were given a favorable rating by the group.

The number of gay and lesbian images on TV held steady this year. But the range of impressions continued to grow, with those representations increasingly presented in a matter-of-fact manner rather than as curiosities, GLAAD found in its annual Network Responsibility Index. But two-thirds of all gay-and-lesbian-inclusive hours showcased white people, the study found, prompting GLAAD to call for networks to recognize a broader diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

"Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen, and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families," said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.

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