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LGBTQ 2023 Studio Responsibility Index

By Charlotte Robinson, September 15, 2023

GLAAD has released its 11th annual Studio Responsibility Index which maps the quantity, quality & diversity of LGBTQ characters in film during the previous calendar year. Although this year’s report finds progress & growth in LGBTQ representation in film the current studio-prolonged strikes in Hollywood risk stalling any & all progress from remaining on track for further growth. Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO stated, “At a time when the LGBTQ community is under unprecedented cultural & political attacks, it is more important than ever to hold film studios accountable for how our community is represented on-screen. The LGBTQ characters & stories found in this year’s study would not exist without the work of talented writers, actors, directors & crew on all levels and GLAAD firmly stands in solidarity with the SAG-AFTRA & the Writer’s Guild of America WGA in their efforts & contributions to fair & accurate storytelling integral to the LGBTQ movement.” Fran Drescher SAG-AFTRA President concluded, “Right now there’s a very tiny but loud segment of our population that’s hard at work spreading hate & fear while attempting to squash all storytelling that showcases the full, beautiful reality of the human experience. Seeing diverse representation on screen is vital for empowering everyone to embrace their authentic selves. Sadly, the longer the AMPTP companies keep the entertainment industry shut down by refusing to come back to the bargaining table, the more risk there is for disrupting the progress that’s been made in terms of inclusive representation. Let’s make a deal & end this stalemate so we can continue sharing diverse stories & create a more hopeful, empathetic society for today’s young people.” 

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