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Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 am

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LGBTQ sees gains in TV roles

Associated Press

TV series are including more LGBTQ characters and adding gender-nonconforming ones, but there's a need for richer, more complex stories about them, according to the media advocacy group GLAAD.

LGBTQ depictions increased in the current season across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, the group's annual Where We Are on TV study released Thursday found.

Shows contributing to the change include NBC's reboot of “Will & Grace” and “The Deuce” on HBO.

Of the 901 characters set to appear regularly on prime-time network series in the 2017-18 season, 6.4 percent are identified as LGBTQ. That's the biggest percentage on network shows found in the study's 22 years.

Happy birthday

Among celebrity birthdays today: Lyricist Tim Rice is 73. Actor-comedian Sinbad is 61. Actress Mackenzie Phillips is 58. Actor Hugh Bonneville is 54. Comedian Tommy Davidson is 54. Actor Michael Jai White is 53. Singer Chris Cagle is 49. Comedian Tracy Morgan is 49. Actress Ellen Pompeo is 48. Rapper Warren G is 47. Singer-guitarist Jim Adkins is 42. Rapper Eve is 39. Bassist Chris Joannou is 38. Singer Miranda Lambert is 34.