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LGBTQ representation in films is the lowest it’s been since 2012

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We need change.

As much as society seems to be progressing, it appears we still have a long way to go when it comes to inclusive representation in films. 

After it was found last year that the number of female protagonists in movies had fallen in 2017, GLAAD Media Institute (a non-government media monitoring organisation) has reported LGBTQ representation in film is the lowest it’s been since 2012.

The Institute’s sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index maps out the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by the seven largest motion picture studios and their subsidiaries.

In 109 releases from major studios in 2017, only 14 of them included characters that were LGBTQ – the lowest result since GLAAD began tracking in 2012. This result is down from 23 out of 125 in 2016. It’s also worth noting that there were no transgender characters in those 109 films.

The index did find, however, that racial diversity of LGBTQ characters had increased, with 16 out of 28 characters being represented by people of colour.

As a result of the findings, GLAAD is calling on the studios to ensure their films meet a 20 per cent benchmark of LGBTQ characters in major studio releases by 2021, and 50 per cent by 2024.

“With wildly successful films like Wonder Woman and Black Panther proving that audiences want to see diverse stories that haven’t been told before, there is simply no reason for major studios to have such low scores on the Studio Responsibility Index,” explains GLAAD president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, in a statement. “At a time when the entertainment industry is holding much needed discussions about inclusion, now is the time to ensure the industry takes meaningful action and incorporates LGBTQ stories and creators as among priorities areas for growing diversity.”

You can read the full report here.

glaad.org

 

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