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The year that was: In 2014, TV transformed the way we think

It’s easy to believe that pop culture has the power to change the world, but it’s rare to witness that change in real time. And yet, this year, that’s what happened.

Across the country, our minds were opened to the varied experiences of transgender people by watching television. Laverne Cox—­Litchfield’s ­beloved hairdresser, Sophia, on Orange Is the New Black—endeared herself to both inmates and the Television Academy, becoming the first openly trans actor ever nominated for an Emmy. Then on Amazon, the new drama Transparent, about a transgender woman named Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) and her troubled family, was a hit with viewers and was hailed as one of fall’s best TV shows by many critics (including this writer). On Broadway, Neil Patrick Harris sold out nearly his entire run in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch and won a Tony award for starring as the title character, a trans singer in a glam-rock band. These fully formed roles suggested that trans people aren’t heroes or villains. They’re just human.

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GLAAD: Gay depictions slip on network TV

Fewer gay and bisexual characters are part of the new broadcast TV season following a record-setting year, while cable depictions continued to increase, according to a new study from a media advocacy group.

GLAAD’s 18th annual “Where We Are on TV” report released Friday says 3.3 percent of 796 regularly appearing characters on prime-time broadcast dramas and comedies are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. READ FULL STORY

GLAAD lauds The CW, 'Modern Family' for treatment of gay characters

The advocacy group GLAAD has given the CW network high marks among broadcast outlets for its portrayal of gay and lesbian characters. Meanwhile, cable networks Showtime, ABC Family, TNT and HBO all were given a favorable rating by the group.

The number of gay and lesbian images on TV held steady this year. But the range of impressions continued to grow, with those representations increasingly presented in a matter-of-fact manner rather than as curiosities, GLAAD found in its annual Network Responsibility Index. But two-thirds of all gay-and-lesbian-inclusive hours showcased white people, the study found, prompting GLAAD to call for networks to recognize a broader diversity within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

“Americans expect to see their off-screen worlds represented onscreen, and today more than ever that includes LGBT people and families,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.

He pointed to the family of gay couple Mitchell and Cameron on ABC’s Modern Family and to Emily, a teen who came out as a lesbian on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. READ FULL STORY

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