One Equal World

2013 Had Only 17 Movies with Gay Characters

Posted on: November 12, 2014

GLAAD, formerly the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index (SRI) over the summer, and the results were less than stellar. The Index, which “maps the quantity, quality and diversity of LGBT people in films,” showed that out of 102 major Hollywood films released last year, only 17 were considered LGBT inclusive. That is only 17% of the movies studied, however an improvement on 2012’s meager 14%. Ellen Page

To be “inclusive” a movie only needs one LGBT character in it. Of the 17 films deemed inclusive, only seven had LGBT characters that weren’t solely defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity and were important characters in the overall plot. There were no gay leads in any of the films.

All the films that didn’t pass the test are deemed offensive. The report states, “Hollywood film reveals much about who we are as a society,” in regards to the homophobia and exclusion of LGBT people in daily life. It can be disappointing to see these results, however the test is just in it’s second year and there still has been improvement just from the first to the second.

Each of the seven studios studied – 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers – are rated on a scale from “Failing” to “Good” (the highest accolade given so far). Hopefully this study will encourage more films to feature LGBT actors and not just as the flamboyant token gay that happens to be the butt of every joke. Those sorts of representations just foster the prejudices against these people. Start a new normal.

The Studio Responsibility Index was started because according to GLAAD, “Despite consistent conservative labeling of Hollywood as a liberal propaganda machine, GLAAD found that LGBT representations in contemporary Hollywood films tend to be far more scarce and regressive than those on television.”

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