Gays, lesbians getting better showcase on U.S. TV – By Jill Serjeant – Reuters

Los Angeles (Reuters) – American TV viewers are seeing more gay, lesbian and transgender characters on their screens and story lines are better reflecting current issues in the gay community, according to a survey set for release on Thursday.

Characters like gay police officer John Cooper on NBC’s “Southland” — a rarity for a gritty crime drama — and the gay parents of an adopted baby on the new ABC comedy “Modern Family” — are sweeping away old TV stereotypes.