Like many, I continue to hold immense pride at how much progress the LGBT community has made towards equality this year. I was surprised to read TV Guide's article on the salaries of TV stars and noticed the glaring lack of inclusion of members of our community listed among top salary earners.
The list went from the big-number income of Dexter's Michael C. Hall at $300,000 per episode all the way down to Smallville vet John Schneider's paltry $25,000 per episode for Tyler Perry's The Haves and Have Nots. The only LGBT candidate among top earners was True Blood star and proud bisexual Anna Paquin at $275,000. Sure, the article did include The Fosters' Teri Polo, listed at $25,000 per episode, but that's it.
Among a list of 50 featured actors, how on Earth does TV Guide overlook Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson, The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons, How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris or White Collar's Matt Bomer?
All hit series, but they choose to include programs on the struggling OWN channel? Really?
What about Sean Hayes' salary for his impressively hyped new series Sean Saves the World? What was Zachary Quinto making on last season's American Horror Story? At least tell us what Chris Colfer earns from Glee. They call that reporting? To omit such big names from such huge shows reeks of discrimination. Alas, we're still second-class citizens in many ways.
In case you really wanted to know, Colfer pulls in a shocking $45,000 per episode of Glee. Jesse Tyler Ferguson earns $170,000. Neil Patrick Harris makes $200,000, while Matt Bomer gets just above half that at $125,000 an episode. A recent issue of People with Money magazine featured an article on the top 10 highest-earning actors, which put Jim Parsons at the top, with an estimated net worth of $145 million.