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Four new network shows premiering in January (two comedies and two dramas) will feature LGBT characters. These join a host of reality shows and returning cable dramas that include LGBT portrayals. Of note, Showtime's "The L Word" introduces a female-to-male transgender character when it launches its third season on Jan. 8, and the HBO Western "Deadwood" will introduce a gay character when it returns in June. "Viewers can be both entertained and educated by stories on television that reflect the diversity of families and communities across this country," said Damon Romine, entertainment media director of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). "Images on television and in film have the power to help Americans embrace their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender family members, friends and neighbors with understanding and acceptance."GLAAD's press release also included a "snapshot" of the upcoming shows, as well as their tentative schedules. Click here to read the press release. Technorati Tags: gay youth, gay, lgbt, gay rights, television, glaad, nbc, cbs, abc, hbo, showtime, vh1,mtv