The History Channel posted the lowest percentage of LGBT-inclusive content of any network tracked in this year's NRI, with only 3 percent containing any kind of LGBT impression. It's a world of difference from TLC, where 20 percent of programming contained some kind of LGBT impression.
When our LGBT youth watch television and movies, we want them to see characters they would be proud of, not tragic figures who are surrounded by negative circumstances. They deserve to see normal, everyday characters who happen to be gay.
A string of TV series that portray well-rounded LGBT characters has helped challenge stereotypes and set the table for acceptance. Unfortunately, there have not been many TV series that portray LGBT African Americans.
America is ready for more than just gay best friends, gay assistants, gay relatives and gay hairstylists. It's time for a world where we're more than todays' version of Carla on Cheers, but the Sams and the Dianes, or even the Rebeccas.
We now have a generation of gay kids who have always known they are not alone, and they can't go back into the closet; they were never there to begin with. Even before dealing with their own sexual orientation, they knew there were others.