Monday, October 5, 2009

'Glee' heads up prime-time shows getting praise for diversity from GLAAD - BY CRISTINA KINON - STAFF WRITER

Thursday, October 1st 2009

The number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters on prime-time broadcast television is up this season, and the folks at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation are crediting Fox's "Glee" with leading the way.

Just last week, the critically acclaimed musical comedy featured a scene in which Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) told his father he was gay.

The series especially speaks to those lonely teens, growing up in families or communities where being out as gay is a huge struggle, GLAAD president .Jarrett Barrios told The News. "To see a story line that reflects the anxiety that they have, and for that character to get reinforcement that being gay isn't an illness or a perversion," he said, "that kind of message is .extraordinarily powerful."

"'Glee' is helping America to see who we are as a society - all of us, including gay and trans.gender children," said Barrios.

GLAAD's latest study, titled "Where We Are on TV," finds that 18 of 600 network regulars on this season's scripted comedies and dramas are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) characters. Read complete article - BY CRISTINA KINON - - Thursday, October 1st 2009

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