KCBS_740SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new study says a record number of gay characters are featured on broadcast TV series.

The study released Thursday by the media advocacy group GLAAD says the small-screen remains far ahead of film in LGBTQ representations.

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But the group says that lesbian and bisexual female characters on TV overall are too often victims of violence. Gay rights organization GLAAD said the characters’ deaths send a message that such people are disposable.

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The group has been studying gay depictions on TV for 21 years.

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