Studio Films With LGBT Characters Dropped to Record Low Last Year

Hmmmm. Maybe because it’s like “Hi, nice to meet you.”  (LOOK! LOOK AT MY SEXUALITY! LOOK AT THIS PART OF ME THAT I DONT WANT YOU TO DEFINE ME AS! LOOK AT ITTTTTTT! MAKE A BIG DEAL OF IT!”

*rolls eyes.  – Ivy, TMN

23rd May 2018

The number of Hollywood films featuring LGBTQ characters plummeted nearly 40 percent in 2017 compared to the year prior, an annual survey of the major movie studios by GLAAD said on Tuesday.

The group found that just 14 wide releases from the majors, as well as offerings from their indie divisions, were inclusive of queer identities in 2017, a drop from 23 films in 2016.

Only 12.8 percent of studio films contained characters who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer — the lowest percentage of LGBTQ-inclusive major studio releases since GLAAD began tracking in 2012.

Trans characters were absent entirely from wide releases (though the report does contain praise for the Oscar-winning trans story “A Fantastic Woman,” released by Sony Pictures Classics).

“On screen, record-breaking films like ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ prove that not only does inclusion make for great stories — inclusion is good for the bottom line. It is time for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer stories to be included in this conversation and in this movement,” said GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a fiery introduction the survey, called the Studio Responsibility Index (SRI).

Now in its sixth year, the SRI applies a secondary test to the films that rate as inclusive. Called the Vito Russo Test, it’s a set of parameters that vets a given film for the quality of its depiction of queer people (often in mainstream commercial fare, gay people are used as punchlines or provoke anxiety in straight characters).

Universal Pictures got the highest score of any studio, but was still labeled “insufficient,” by the SRI. Of fourteen wide releases. four of the studio’s films made the grade. The highest praise was for Jordan Peele’s “Get Out.”

 

 

source/read more: https://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-straight-studio-films-lgbt-characters-dropped-record-low-last-year/

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