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LGBTQ Representation in Movies Rise While Racial Diversity and Screen Time Decline, According to GLAAD Report

GLAAD’s 2021 box office results are in, and the results are… mixed.

The media advocacy organization published its th The Studio Responsibility Index, an annual study that tracks the “quantity, quality and Diversity” magic. Studios: Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, United Artists, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures and Warner Bros.

Of Movies released by these studios in theaters last year, 16,or16.8%, containing LGBTQ characters. These movies include Our Ladies, Licorice Pizza, Dear Evan Hansen, Eternals, West Side Story and in the Highlands . That represented an increase of six films, but it was followed by 2017 as theatrical releases plummeted due to the pandemic.

These films have a total of 28 LGBTQ characters, with eight additions from 2020 character of. Of those 28 characters, 10 are men and nine are women. For the first time in five years, GLAAD counts transgender characters in major studio theatrical releases: Anyone from Disney’s West Side Story , a trans character Gender man. The report states that there are no trans women or non-binary characters in 2021.

Racial diversity in LGBTQ roles is down slightly from last year for 28 %, a drop of one percent. Among the 50 LGBTQ characters, 77 were white, five were black, two were Latino, two were Asian/Pacific Islander, one was multiracial, and one was Middle Eastern. This performance is below 77’s all-time high 50 ) LGBTQ percentage of people of color.

The report found a decrease in the number of lesbians. In , or57%, Featured gay characters, up from last year’s 60 percentage. Four, or 20 percent, including lesbian characters, than significantly reduced the 28 percentage of , two of which contained bisexual characters and one Contains transgender characters.

Screen time is also down. Seven 50 LGBTQ characters recorded over 2017 screens Minutes displayed on 28 of 19, the clock is less than five minutes. In less than a minute, six people were caught.

Notable: GLAAD is also based on the “quantity, quality and diversity” of LGBTQ characters and actions by studios or parent companies that support or harm the community. None received a top score of Excellent or Good, and both Lionsgate and Paramount were given failing grades for not featuring any LGBTQ characters in their films.

“Ten years after this report was released, we find that LGBTQ representation in film has grown exponentially, driven by our research. However, Hollywood still has work to do, said Megan Townsend, head of entertainment research and analysis at GLAAD. “There are so many people in our community — bisexual+ people, people living with HIV, disabled LGBTQ characters and transgender people, to name a few — who haven’t fully reflected themselves on the big screen. Looking ahead to the next decade, if the studio If a younger, more diverse generation is to continue to support and engage in their storytelling, then those stories must become a priority.”

Studio Responsibility Index also based on GLAAD’s Vito Russo test Assessing LGBTQ stories in film, the test is named after the film historian and co-founder of GLAAD. For a film to pass, it must include a character who identifies as LGBTQ, who cannot be defined solely or primarily by their sexual orientation or gender identity, and who must tie into the plot in such a way that the The removal of a character has significant ramifications, and the person’s story must not be superficially objectionable.

belongs to 77 of 77 Of the films containing LGBTQ, GLAAD reports that nine passed the Vito Russo test, a decrease of 77 ) percent from last year. The full report can be found here.

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