Daily Fix: The GLAAD Network Responsibility Index Makes Us Do Math to Uncover its Most Shocking Statistic (Lezwhat?)


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Autostraddle Special Report on

The GLAAD Network Responsibility Index:

GLAAD has released their report card Network Responsibility Index to tell all the networks who’s doing good with the gays and who needs some after-school tutoring from Alan Ball.

Methodology: For GLAAD’s third annual report, we divided our analysis of reports into two sections (network & cable) and found neither section provided statistics by sexuality/gender, therefore requiring us to read the entire report line by line to gather some info about the ladies. We suspect this decision was made because lumping gays, lesbians and transpeople together is less depressing for the lesbians and transpeople and we have enough problems as it is.

Perusing the entire 41-page pdf [excluding the section on Showtime which was confusing as it’s unclear if they’re counting The L Word or not as they exclude specific numbers on that show so we counted nothing from that network (if there was an all-gay-male show that we did include, that’d skew the stats, but there isn’t, so this is scientifically sound) (based on our own definition of “science”) and we only included the networks with full reports, rather than the little ones with blurbs at the end] we found 28 lesbian or bisexual female references (including a murdered lesbian astronaut and her girlfriend from an episode of Law & Order) and 86 mentions of gay or bisexual male characters. Most of those females were from Grey’s Anatomy or The Real World/Road Rules Challenge.

Of these, 9 queer females were cited as recurring characters, opposed to 35 queer males.

Look, we made you a graph!


We believe this gendered discrepancy is owed in part to the tendency of reality shows to select gay male judges because they are funny, have nice hair, and like to judge. Our other theory involves the patriarchy.

Other highlights of the report (we read it so you don’t have to!) include:

+ ALSO THE DEATH OF JENNY: “The cancellation of The L Word also means that the coming 2009-2010 TV season will be the first time since the premiere of Will & Grace in 1998 that there won’t be a mostly gay series on air.”

+ WHITEWASHED: “Television characters in general are predominately white, regardless of sexual orientation.”

+ CALLIE CARRIES THE TEAM: ABC is the top LGBT inclusive broadcast network network with props to Brothers & Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy and Dancing with the Stars (Lance Bass holler).

+ MR & MRS. JAY: “The CW leads all networks in terms of being inclusive of the African American/black LGBT community. The majority of these impressions are made on America’s Next Top Model because of the prominence of J. Alexander.”

+ HIGH HOPES FOR MELROSE: “The CW’s fall shows are ripe with opportunities … the highly anticipated reboot of Melrose Place takes place in gay Mecca West Hollywood … can make up for the shortcomings of the original.”

+ GLAADBERT TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: “By now everyone is aware that Lambert is gay, but he did not confirm this fact until recently … as such,  American Idol was not counted as having any LGBT impressions.” (13)

+ SOMEONE NEEDS A SENSE OF HUMOR: “Family Guy aired an offensive half hour episode in which Peter was injected with the ‘gay gene” and proceeded to act out countless gay stereotypes.”

+ OBVS: “GLEE has excellent promise for LGBT inclusion.”

COME OUT LIZ LEMON: “Though NBC has stepped up … there is still ample room for growth. The Office could benefit from increaisng Oscar’s screen time … 30 Rock is infused with LGBT-inclusive humor but would be better if one of the show’s characters came out of the closet.

+ HBO WINS: Out of 14 original shows, 10 feature LGBT-inclusive content, with True Blood leading the way … “Ball has used the persecution of vampires on True Blood as a thinly veiled allegory for obstacles faced by the LGBT community … however, HBO has room to grow in terms of lesbian and transgender representation.”

+ HOPEFULLY THEY’LL BE JUST AS INTERESTING AS KC HERSELF WTF: “The retooling of The Hills to focus on Kristin Cavallari presents an excellent opportunity to prominently feature some of Kristin’s gay friends.

+ YOU DON’T SAY: “The level of visibility for lesbian and bisexual women on The L Word has yet to be matched by any show on broadcast or cable television since.”

+ OUR LITTLE SECTION: “NBC boasted the highest percentage of lesbian representations of any network, with 26% of NBC’s LGBT hours including a lesbian. CBS & Fox followed closely with 23% and 17%, respectively. ABC (6%) and The CW (3%) featured the fewest lesbian representations.”

+ UM BUT I THOUGHT KEN SEELY WAS GAY WTF: “History shows that A&E is a network not opposed to LGBT inclusion and yet this season it barely produced tow hours of content.”


The rest of the daily fix, after the jump!

RIP: Pioneering Gay Writer Lynne Harris Dies: ”Bestselling US writer E Lynn Harris, a pioneer of black gay fiction, has died at the age of 54.” (@bbcnews)

HEY WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT GAY KISS: “Programs are sometimes tweaked and edited prior to screening for a variety of reasons (eg: to meet time constraints). A few edits were made to what was on the preview disc of Perfect Couple.” (@tvtonight)

THAT F*CKING WEDDING DANCE: Secrets behind the wedding dance video that is sweeping the nation! (@msnbc)

THEY TRADED BJS FOR SIGNATURES OBVIOUSLY: Gay Partnership Foes Turn in Referendum Signatures (@seattle pi) and so “With “at least” 135,000 signatures, anti-gay agent Gary Randall (of Oregon) and partner-in-crime Larry Stickney squashed today’s planned implementation of Washington State’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership bill.”

TAKE A LOOK AT YOURSELF AND MAKE A CHANGE: What Alexis Cohen’s Death Means for American Idol, And For The Rest of Us:

For the show, it means nothing, except perhaps a bit of publicity and a moment of silence, if that, in an upcoming episode. The show is not bound to Alexis Cohen: there are bigger stars, newer faces, stranger characters to seek out and exploit. But for Alexis Cohen, and for many other reality has-beens or almost-weres, the show is always bound to them, following them where ever they go, even in death, a reminder that our strangest realities are the ones we allow others to create on our behalf. (@jezebel)

WE NEED SOME DYKE ACTION STAT: Statue Honoring Lesbian Activist Destroyed: ”Vandals recently destroyed a statue at an Uptown neighborhood memorial garden, less than a month after another statue was stolen and later recovered, according to a published report.” (@cbs2chicago)

CONFIRMED FOR THE FOURTH TIME THERE WILL BE A LESBIAN MOMENT ON HEROES: Comic-Con 2009: ‘Heroes’ Season 4 Plots and Lesbian Kiss (@buddytv)

EX-GAY LEARNS TO READ, DOESN’T LIKE ANY BOOKS BESIDES THE BIBLE, IMMEDIATELY WRITES HIS OWN BOOK: Exodus International’s Alan Chambers Pens New Tome, ‘Leaving Homosexuality’ The leader of the “pray-away-the-gay” organization Exodus International, the dapper Alan Chambers, has penned Leaving Homosexuality, in which he declares, “Once you deny sin’s power, you can live a free life.” (@pamshouseblend)

BEST IDEA EVER: Guerilla Gayfare Challenges Prejudice Through Strength in Numbers: ”Close to a hundred people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community showed up at the downtown club around midnight. […] The unexpected invasion was part of Guerilla Gayfare, a monthly event where people from the gay community go to a stereotypically ‘straight’ bar.” (@the canadian press)

HILLLL: Hillary Clinton: ‘It Will Take the Right Woman’ to Win the Presidency: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stopped by Meet The Press this morning and discussed, amongst other things, the probability of a female president being elected in her lifetime, something she believes is possible.”_ (@jezebel)

+ Kelly Clarkson’s new music video!

ONE MORE THING: Why bother going to San Diego for Comic-Con when you can just sit in your living room and read all the good coverage of it! 10 Things From Comic-Con You Need to Know. (@gawker)


Auto-Straddler of the Day


This week I will soothe three upset women with the power of poetry.

Poem #1 for New York w4w WHAT IS WRONG WITH U FEMALES

She can swear a lot
in one sentence
because she does not use punctuation marks

“god dammit grow the fuck up is every body still in fuckin elementary school were all human and when we die the bugs and what ever eats our bodies”

Poem #2 for LA w4w – Missed Connections: Goodbye Love:
What an odd place
to say such a lovely thing.

“In the end, I’m sure you weren’t into girls, but thank you — I now know what I’m looking for in the woman I spend the rest of my life with.”

Poem #3 for NYC w4w Lookin’ for my One & Only!

Please calm down
Everything is going
to be okay.


nata-iconfrom Natalie:
Hiya Kiddos!

Soooo…the healthcare system in this country is broken, for a variety of reasons. Mainly though, incentives are misaligned and the pursuit of profits has come at the expense of quality, affordable and effective care. Blergh.
You can read more about all this here.
Anywaaaay, Obama & Co. is trying to make the system better: There is a bill going around congress right now—and while it is not perfect – it is a huge step in the right direction. The bill introduces a public option to healthcare, which would allow individuals to either keep their existing health insurance (if they like it and/or have one) or move into a public option if they don’t have health insurance or don’t like the plan they have. The passing of the bill is crucial, especially for us ladies who are working hard and don’t have insurance, or are underinsured, or can’t get insurance through our partners because our relationships/partners are not recognized as legitimate.

We have to get it passed!
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE call/write your democratic senator today and tell him/her you want a public option in the bill or you wont re-elect him or her. Here is a list of members of congress that are also critical to call/write and talking points. Please spend 10 minutes today!

Yayyyyy! Go healthcare reform! You all are awesome!

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  1. ugh that fucking wedding dance. i’m so tired of it. also in the msnbc article about it, this pissed me off so much:
    “Heinz and Peterson (she’s keeping her maiden name) […]”
    really? we really needed that distinction? UGH.

    • i don’t understand what was so great about the wedding dance. really. seriously i am legitimately confused! please tell me they aren’t the first group to ever dance down the aisle. those people couldn’t even dance very well and the chris brown song freaks me out you know like considering.

      • It’s one of those videos where you watch 30 seconds of it, go “that’s kinda cute,” and never mention/see it again. The video’s okay, but not good enough for every single site to link to it.

        And then there’s the Chris Brown thing…

  2. Anyone else notice how ‘artfully’ that Kelly Clarkson video is cut/shot so that we never get a clear shot of her ‘weight gain’?? Because god forbid we have any images of real women looking normal/healthy in the media…

  3. i used to live in halifax, but never actually made it out to a guerilla gayfare event.. they look fun though!

  4. LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY. (Thomas Paine)

    We have the 37th worst quality of healthcare in the developed world. Conservative estimates are that over 120,000 of you dies each year in America from treatable illness that people in other developed countries don’t die from. Rich, middle class, and poor a like. Insured and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. This is what being 37th in quality of healthcare means.

    I know that many of you are angry and frustrated that REPUBLICANS! In congress are dragging their feet and trying to block TRUE healthcare reform. What republicans want is just a taxpayer bailout of the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT health insurance industry, and the DISGRACEFUL GREED DRIVEN PRIVATE FOR PROFIT healthcare industry. A trillion dollar taxpayer funded private health insurance bailout is all you really get without a robust government-run public option available on day one.


    These industries have been slaughtering you and your loved ones like cattle for decades for profit. Including members of congress and their families. These REPUBLICANS are FOOLS!

    Republicans and their traitorous allies have been trying to make it look like it’s President Obama’s fault for the delays, and foot dragging. But I think you all know better than that. President Obama inherited one of the worst government catastrophes in American history from these REPUBLICANS! And President Obama has done a brilliant job of turning things around, and working his heart out for all of us.

    But Republicans think you are just a bunch of stupid, idiot, cash cows with short memories. Just like they did under the Bush administration when they helped Bush and Cheney rape America and the rest of the World.

    But you don’t have to put up with that. And this is what you can do. The Republicans below will be up for reelection on November 2, 2010. Just a little over 13 months from now. And many of you will be able to vote early. So pick some names and tell their voters that their representatives (by name) are obstructing TRUE healthcare reform. And are sellouts to the insurance and medical lobbyist.

    Ask them to contact their representatives and tell them that they are going to work to throw them out of office on November 2, 2010, if not before by impeachment, or recall elections. Doing this will give you something more to do to make things better in America. And it will help you feel better too.

    There are many resources on the internet that can help you find people to call and contact. For example, many social networking sites can be searched by state, city, or University. Be inventive and creative. I can think of many ways to do this. But be nice. These are your neighbors. And most will want to help.

    I know there are a few democrats that have been trying to obstruct TRUE healthcare reform too. But the main problem is the Bush Republicans. Removing them is the best thing tactically to do. On the other hand. If you can easily replace a democrat obstructionist with a supportive democrat, DO IT!

    You have been AMAZING!!! my people. Don’t loose heart. You knew it wasn’t going to be easy saving the World. :-)

    God Bless You

    jacksmith — Working Class

    I REST MY CASE (http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/25/why-markets-cant-cure-healthcare/)

    Republican Senators up for re-election in 2010.

    * Richard Shelby of Alabama
    * Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
    * John McCain of Arizona
    * Mel Martinez of Florida
    * Johnny Isakson of Georgia
    * Mike Crapo of Idaho
    * Chuck Grassley of Iowa
    * Sam Brownback of Kansas
    * Jim Bunning of Kentucky
    * David Vitter of Louisiana
    * Kit Bond of Missouri
    * Judd Gregg of New Hampshire
    * Richard Burr of North Carolina
    * George Voinovich of Ohio
    * Tom Coburn of Oklahoma
    * Jim DeMint of South Carolina
    * John Thune of South Dakota
    * Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas
    * Bob Bennett of Utah

    • This made me lol.

      btw… Kit Bond (aka Kit Porter/James Bond) is retiring, so he won’t be running for reelection.

    • Hi, I’m going to get stones thrown at me for this. While I’m 100% in agreement that we need major healthcare reform, I do not think what is currently being pushed should be passed as it’s not sustainable in it’s current form. Obviously, when it comes to peoples health, you want to help as many people as possible as soon as possible… but at the same time, you need to make sure it’s a viable short and long term solution.

      • I hope that you have good health insurance to fix your face when people throw stones at you and don’t have to wait in the emergency room all day long. Just saying.

        • darling, hate to say this, but show me how the US has the supply to meet the demand this is going to create.

          • lol, you can’t beat the law of supply and demand, you have to change one or the other. make comments like that all you want but it won’t change reality.

          • why the condescending “darling?”


            Just because someone doesn’t work for a huge corporation, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t receive healthcare at a reasonable cost. The current bill may have room for improvement, but new things can always be added on gradually to improve the healthcare system. Once we have a passed piece of legislation to work from, we’ll be able to prevent healthcare costs from rising and make nationalized healthcare even more complex.

          • Oops…I meant “making” healthcare even more complex. As in we would be preventing this from happening.

          • “Just because someone doesn’t work for a huge corporation, doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t receive healthcare at a reasonable cost.” = AGREED!

            Also I just think that people who work in professions that are never well-paid and lately don’t even offer benefits or full time salaries (COUGH THE ARTS) — if these people can’t get health insurance then ART WILL DIE! Really this is just about me.

            (also brooke was kidding when she called me darling)

          • lack of support for the arts is another issue as those who know me are aware, i’m a fan of figuring out how to fix that (and Riese amazing health insurance).

            However, I disagree, you can’t just pass something assuming changes will be made in the future to correct imbalances. We do not have the infrastructure in the US to support this and there are few cost containment measures in place. Though in reality, all the government is going to do is print more money so it doesn’t really matter.

            I’m not saying I am a fan of the current system, but this one isn’t viable.

      • It just hurts my heart whenever anyone argues that money and the economy are more important than people’s health…

        Proper affordable health care should be a basic human right.

        • They are directly related. If the economy legitimately collapses, healthcare will be one of the first industries to follow suit. It’s still an industry.

    • Richard Shelby is going to win by a landslide again in 2010. I would watch the governor’s race next year – Artur Davis has a chance to become our first black governor.

  5. I love love love that graph and not just because it includes the words “murdered lesbian autronaut”…

  6. I have no idea whether Health Care for All will ever work in the US. We have places in Europe it actually works great. But in other (European) places it’s just an equal bad service for all, really. Hopefully it will work everywhere asap!

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