Courtesy: HBO

According to an annual survey by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, HBO's mega hit True Blood has the most most gay characters on television.

GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said in a statement, "The increase in lesbian, gay and bisexual characters on primetime television not only reflects the shift in American culture toward greater awareness and understanding of our community but also a new industry standard that a growing number of creators and networks are adopting. The recent critical and commercial success of shows like 'Modern Family' and 'Glee' clearly indicate that mainstream audiences embrace gay characters and want to see well-crafted stories about our lives."

ABC leads the other broadcast networks with 11 gay characters while Fox now has five. NBC was the only network that declined from last year, down to three and CBS is in last place with one gay character. HBO has the largest number of gay characters, followed by ABC Family, Showtime, Syfy, TNT, FX, Starz and Teen Nick. Across all the networks, the percentage of gay characters has rise, representing 3.9% of all TV characters. With 35 characters total, that's up 40% from last year. That's certainly something to be proud of!