The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD) most recent studies show that there are more gay and lesbian characters on television than ever before. Quite frankly, it’s about time. In 2012 there should be no reason why having a gay couple on TV is controversial, it’s a “new normal”. In fact Ryan Murphy’s latest show which embraces this idea and is aptly named The New Normal. Murphy is arguably the frontrunner for gay/lesbian relationships on television with his shows like The New Normal and Glee. He constantly redefines the old boundaries of homosexual relationships depicted on television. It comes as no surprise that Murphy’s Glee tops the charts with having the most gay and lesbian recurring characters on primetime television. One of Glee’s breakthrough couples, Blaine and Kurt, are pictured above.
Glee ties with HBO’s True Blood for the highest number of gay characters (six), but the Fox show reaches a larger audience than the racy HBO vampire thriller. Some other notable primetime shows with primary homosexual story lines include ABC’s Modern Family, CBS’s Partners, NBC’s Go On, and ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy – and I’m proud to say that’s just naming a few.