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LGBTQ Representation In Studio Films

By Charlotte Robinson, July 17, 2020
GLAAD has released its eight annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) that maps the quantity, quality & diversity of LGBTQ people in films released by eight of the largest motion picture studios & their subsidiaries during the 2019 calendar year. They found that of the 118 releases from major studios in 2019, 22 (18.6%) included characters that were LGBTQ. This is a slight increase from the previous year’s report (18.2%, 20 out of 110 films) & the highest percentage of inclusive films found in the eight-year history of the report. Megan Townsend, GLAAD’s Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis stated, “Telling meaningful LGBTQ stories is not just the right thing to do, it’s also just smart business. LGBTQ people are a significant audience who are supporting LGBTQ-inclusive films with our dollars & digital attention. Nielsen found LGBTQ audiences are more likely to see a new theatrical release more than once compared to straight audiences & continue to stay engaged consumers, with higher levels of purchasing a digital copy, subscription service, & spreading the word online. Studios should recognize the power of LGBTQ audiences & the desire for stories that reflect our lives, by delivering & unambiguously marketing films & franchises that include nuanced & authentic LGBTQ characters.” However GLAAD recorded zero transgender characters in the 118 major studio films released in 2019 a finding consistent with the previous two years. Meanwhile in television during the same time period we’ve seen the premiere of FX’s history making “Pose”, on The CW’s Supergirl the appearance of the first transgender superhero & transgender men stepping into series regular roles on FOX’s 9-1-1: Lone Star & Showtime’s The L Word & Work in Progress.
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