Thursday, August 22, 2013

Studio Movies Lack LGBT Roles

Perhaps you have noticed that there is quite an absence of LGBT characters in studio films these days. GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization has released its first annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI), a report that maps the quantity, quality & diversity of images of LGBT people in films released by the six major motion picture studios during the 2012 calendar year. According to their report of the 101 releases from the major studios in 2012, fourteen of them included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Mostly these characters were no more than cameos or minor roles. None of the films tracked contained transgender characters. Universal Pictures leads studios in 2012 LGBT-inclusive theatrical releases. GLAAD's Wilson Cruz stated, “As a major influence in American culture & one of our nation's largest media exports abroad, the lack of LGBT characters in big-budget films needs to change. Until LGBT characters are depicted in these films in a substantial way with more regularity, there will remain the appearance of LGBT bias on the studios’ part. Whether it's an action hero or a supporting character, moviegoers should be able to see LGBT people as integral players in the stories told by leading Hollywood studios.” View Full Report: glaad.org/sri 
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