When Chaz Bono’s Dancing With the Stars stint can pretty much single-handedly lift this year’s trans representation from 1% to 5% of overall LGBT images, we’ve got some work to do. The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) released its 6th annual Network Responsibility Index for 2012, which measures “the quantity and quality of [LGBT] people on television.” Unsurprisingly, gay men accounted for 69% of all LGBT inclusive hours, which also boasted a 66% white representation. Lesbians appeared in 25% of these hours, with Glee’s Santana and Fashion Star designer Kara Larricks serving as its leading powerhouses. The CW tops the network TV rankings with 29%, a 4% decline from last year. CBS pulls up the rear with 8%, mostly thanks to bisexual investigator Kalinda Sharma on The Good Wife. Showtime led the cable networks at 46%, with TBS and History receiving a failing grade, despite Robear the NY Ink tattoo shop floor manager and that sexy gay full-metal jouster. No network received an “Excellent” grade. Click here for the full report.
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