GLAAD’s Report On LGBTs On TV Will Be Discontinued
GLAAD – the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, a LGBT organization focusing on the LGBT community in media – has decided that this year’s National Responsibility Index report on representation of gay characters on TV will be its last. The NRI is no longer necessary, they say: most major networks now score as at least “adequate” in their representation of the LGBT community.
This year’s report gives serious props to FOX, the first major network ever to receive an “Excellent” grade, the NRI’s highest. FOX scored as “failing” in the first two years of the report, but this year, 45 percent of the network’s primetime programming was LGBT-inclusive, up from 36 percent last year. ABC Family also scored as “Excellent,” with a whopping 74 percent of primetime programming being LGBT-inclusive.
GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis said that the organization will now shift focus to tracking diversity, stating that:
“As representations of LGBT people in the media continue to rise in number, pushing television networks to make those representations more diverse is more crucial than ever. This requires a different set of tools than the NRI provides, and as such GLAAD will shift focus to its annual TV diversity and transgender reports.”
It has, in many ways, been a good year for the LGBT community, and GLAAD accomplished what it was after with the NRI. Three cheers!