Homo media watchdogs GLAAD released their first ever televisual comparison today, the Network Responsibility Index.
In their 22-page report, the non-profit picks apart the six major networks – ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and, for some reason, The CW – and determine which one can be called the most gay-friendly. ABC, which airs Ugly Betty, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy, scored the highest, raking in 171 gay-inclusive hours between June 1, 2006 and May 31, 2007. No doubt one of the GLAAD interns has a very numb bottom, which may actually come in handy.
With regard to ABC, Desperate Housewives will soon get gayer with a queer couple – and potential guest stints by David Beckham and Robbie Williams – while Ugly Betty boasts a very pink cast, including Rebecca Romijn as a tranny and the handsome Michael Urie as Marc St. James.
Of the report, GLAAD president Neil G. Giuliano said,
While we have made great strides in the ten years since Ellen DeGeneres came out on television this report shows where work still needs to be done and which networks are failing to represent millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender viewers. The airwaves quite literally belong to each and every one of us, and, as such, networks have an obligation to reflect the faces and stories of their viewers.
The report’s very informative and surprisingly interesting. The most interesting component comes from their racial breakdown of ABC’s gay coverage, pictured above. Notice anything honky? Isaiah Washington will have a field day with that one.
Obviously network executives should listen to entertainment media director Damon Romine’s wise words:
We know that seeing multi-dimensional, diverse people represented on television changes public perception. Millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans fight every day for equality and for the right to live their lives without fear of discrimination and violence. True equality will be in our grasp when network television presents our stories in a fair, accurate and inclusive way.