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GLAAD's Best And Worst Networks For LGBT-Inclusive Programming In 2011 Report (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 08/03/11 09:36 AM ET   Updated: 10/03/11 06:12 AM ET

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released its 2011 Network Responsibility Index on Wednesday, showing which networks have led the way with their depictions of LGBT characters and storylines—and which still have a way to go.

GLAAD ranked fifteen broadcast and news networks based on the percentage of each network's primetime programming hours that featured LGBT characters or storylines. ABC Family led the way, and received a coveted "excellent" score from GLAAD for having 55% of its programming feature gay people or themes.

The organization reports that the total percentage of LGBT-inclusive programming hours across all five broadcast networks has remained steady, while concluding that the racial diversity of LGBT characters remains an area that requires improvement for both broadcast and cable networks.

See who else GLAAD rated "excellent" and who got a "failing." Download the full report here.

A&E -- 5%
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A&E placed last for its percentage of LGBT-inclusive hours among all networks, but also racked up the highest percentage it has ever had since GLAAD started tracking the network. The organization credits that to Paranormal State's host Ryan Buell, who came out as bisexual last year.
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