2018-05-22 21:34:29 UTC
GLAAD has released its annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), which tracks
the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ representation in Hollywood. The
numbers are not great.
A previous GLAAD report established that the record number of queer characters
on TV in 2016 were primarily white men. Deadline reports that, comparatively,
the figures for LGBTQ representation in film worsened in 2017. For its film
study, GLAAD evaluated and assigned the seven biggest motion picture studios a
rating of Excellent, Good, Insufficient, Poor, or Failing. Congrats to Century
Fox and Universal for coming out on top in 2017 with an Insufficient score:
"In the 2017 calendar year, GLAAD found that out of the 109 releases from major
studios, only 14 (12.8%) of them included characters that are LGBTQ. That is a
decrease compared to 2016 which saw 23 out of 125 films (18.4%) have LGBTQ
representation. 2017 marked the lowest percentage of LGBTQ-inclusive major
studio releases since GLAAD began tracking in 2012.
Aside from the indie film A Fantastic Woman, of all the movies that were
included in the study, there were no 2017 titles featuring a trans character:
"This was a decrease from the one trans character featured in a major studio
film in 2016 which was Benedict Cumberbatchs character in Zoolander 2. Even
then, the character was a controversial punchline and not representative of the
LGBTQ community. That said, 2017 wasnt as cinematically woke as we thought.
On the bright side, there were fewer white LGBTQ characters in film in
2017specifically 15 of the 28 characters were people of color, though none were
Asian or Pacific Islander. GLAAD is encouraging studios to make their LGBTQ
characters more central to the plot and also asked that they not be featured as
subtext but as fully shown instead of being left up to interpretation.