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      Trend: Gay characters on television

      A new study says fewer gay and bisexual characters are part of the new broadcast TV season. But their numbers on cable are up.{} According to the study from the media advocacy group GLAAD, 3.3% of 796 regularly appearing characters on prime-time broadcast dramas and comedies are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.{} Last season's study by GLAAD put such depictions at 4.4%.{}{} {}On cable, scripted programs include 42 regularly seen lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual characters, up from last season's 35.{}{} {}The findings were released Friday as part of GLAAD's 18th annual "Where We Are on TV" report.

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