According to GLAAD’s annual “Where We Are On TV” report about the number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters on the five broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, The CW, Fox and NBC), the numbers have dropped slightly this season.
The study found that 2.9 percent of regularly appearing characters on prime-time network drama and comedy series this season play LGBT characters. This small percentage works out to be 19 out of almost 650 roles.
Last season, 3.9 percent of characters were part of the LGBT community, with a total of 23 out of almost 600 roles.
Fox portrays the highest number of gay characters, with eight regular roles. HBO has the most gay and bisexual characters with a total of 11.
“While the number of LGBT characters is down, some of the most popular shows with critics and viewers, such as Glee, True Blood and The Good Wife, weave storylines about gay and lesbian characters into the fabric of the show,” said GLAAD Acting President Mike Thompson, according to USA Today.
The number of lesbian, gay and bisexual characters on cable networks has also dropped to 29 from last season’s 35. True Blood holds the spot for most inclusive show on television, with six LGBT characters.