‘True Blood’ Tops GLAAD’s ‘Most Gay Characters’ List

Congratulations, True Blood; you’re the gayest of them all … according to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

HBO’s sexy-vampy series has topped GLAAD’s annual survey of TV shows with the most gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered characters, with a tally of six. True Blood’s gay-packed ensemble contributed to an overall 40 percent increase over last year’s survey, with a total of 35 gay characters across the television spectrum.

ABC held its spot as the most gay-character-friendly network, with 11 such characters included in its programming, while HBO led the cable pack, followed by ABC Family. This is the 15th year that GLAAD has conducted its survey.

GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios enthuses of the survey results,

“The increase in lesbian, gay and bisexual characters on primetime television not only reflects the shift in American culture toward greater awareness and understanding of our community but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting. The recent critical and commercial success of shows like Modern Family and Glee clearly indicate that mainstream audiences embrace gay characters and want to see well-crafted stories about our lives.”

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