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Gay depictions increase on TV: GLAAD study

This image released by HBO shows Michael McMillian, left, and Denis O'Hare in a scene from
This image released by HBO shows Michael McMillian, left, and Denis O'Hare in a scene from "True Blood." The media advocacy group GLAAD said Wednesday that 3.9 percent of the characters regularly seen on prime-time network series this season will be gay, lesbian or bisexual. Featuring six LGBT characters, the HBO drama "True Blood" was the most inclusive series on cable television when GLAAD released its report for the 2012-13 season.
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A new study found that television is increasing its depiction of gay characters.

The media advocacy group GLAAD said Wednesday that 3.9 percent of the characters regularly seen on prime-time network series this season will be gay, lesbian or bisexual. There are more gay characters on cable TV as well, the study found.

But GLAAD said network shows fail to depict any transgender characters, in contrast to those on cable or online series such as "Orange Is the New Black."

Overall progress on TV comes as the gay community has made strides in areas including the legalization of same-sex marriage in some U.S. states, GLAAD said.