HBO scores the highest among 15 networks for its representation of gay characters last season, according to a report by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
In its third annual Network Responsibility Index, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that of HBO’s 14 original prime-time series, 10 included content reflecting the lives of gay, bisexual and transgender people. That totaled 42 percent of the network’s programming hours, in series such as 'True Blood,' 'Entourage” and “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.”
Cable’s Showtime ranked second, with 26 percent of its programming hours featuring gay characters or themes. Series included “The L Word,” “Weeds” and “The United States of Tara,” a new comedy about a family whose teenage son is gay.
The reports adds: "By contrast, on NBC and CBS only 8 percent and 5 percent, respectively, of prime-time hours included them, the report said."
HBO's southern gothic vampire series has become must-see-television on Sunday nights. Part of that reason: The return of Nelsan Ellis' Lafayette Reynolds (above), the black gay short order cook slash escort slash drug dealer, In a recent interview, Ellis suggested he could remain on the show for another season or tw. Oh and Lafayette's fans will appreciate some background on an upcoming scene where the "homoeroticism in that moment was off the charts."
There is also this explanation from After Elton on Showtime's curremnt LGBT roster. "Showtime dropped 8% from the previous year, and its most inclusive (by definition) program was The L Word, which isn’t returning next year. Still, it offered fresh representation on Weeds and The United States of Tara. While the excellent Nurse Jackie fell outside the time frame of the study, it will help fill the void with Thor and MoMo."