In this report, we see very clearly that the LGBT quantity and quality of the representation and visibility in mainstream Hollywood movies for 2013 are low.
Indeed, only 16.7% of movies that are released contained a character identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Clearly, out of 102 films, only 17 had an LGBT character and it has been rarely one of the main characters.
“The lack of substantial LGBT characters in mainstream film, in addition to the outdated humor and stereotypes suggests large Hollywood studios may be doing more harm than good when it comes to worldwide understanding of the LGBT community,” GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement.
“These studios have the eyes and ears of millions of audience members, and should reflect the true fabric of our society rather than feed into the hatred and prejudice against LGBT people too often seen around the globe.”
Moreover, these figures only represent very few people in our community because most of them are gay characters (64.7%).
17.7% are bisexual and 11.9% are transgender but 64% of them are male characters.
Women only represent 36% and include 23,5% of lesbians.
Finally, 76% of LGBT characters are white.
The worst studios are Paramount and Warner Bros. Studios, followed by 20th Century Fox, Lonsgate, Universal and Walt Disney Studios which are “adequate”, and finally Sony is "good" but nothing more. No studio has received a rating of "excellent."
In a statement following the publication of the report, GLAAD stated that the “anti-gay slurs are less common in film now than they were 20 years ago, but they are by no means extinct, and some are still used by characters the audience is meant to be rooting for. Perhaps even more prevalent are anti-transgender slurs that in 2013 were used by main characters in films like Anchorman 2 and Identity Thief for no reason other than to make a joke. With few exceptions, these words should be left on the cutting room floor.”
Tiny progress has been made, we will find ourselves next year with better percentages, I hope.
Photo credit: GLAAD