We’ve previously discussed the topic of LGBTQ characters being appropriately represented in film and television, including reporting earlier this year on the apparently disproportionately high rate of LGBTQ characters being killed off from top rated TV shows.
Well earlier this week, GLAAD released a new report on the topic of major film studios’ lack of inclusion of LGBTQ characters in their films. According to GLAAD’s report, of the 125 “major films” produced last year, only about 20 percent featured an LGBTQ character in it. GLAAD then provided a rating for each of the seven major film studios included in its analysis:
- Excellent – none
- Good – none.
- Insufficient – Universal Studios
- Poor – 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, and Warner Brothers
- Failing – Sony Pictures, Walt Disney Studios, and Lionsgate
Sarah Kate Ellis recently spoke to Variety about its report and the studio’s ratings: “it is not getting better. The bars are not being moved…. Having representation, especially in the films that are widely distributed not only here in the States, they change hearts and minds… They allow people who are LGBTQ to see themselves reflected. That’s why it’s so important.”
Here’s to hoping 2017 will be a better year for LGBTQ in Hollywood.