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Friday, 06 May 2016 22:47

The Racial Diversity Of LGBT Characters In The Cinema Has Sharply Dropped

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You will certainly not have failed to hear about the decline in the number of female queer characters on TV. GLAAD has released a new report on racial diversity in movies and unfortunately the results are not good too, unlike in the previous year.

The racial diversity fell 7% in 2015. Out of the 114 films that were released in 2014, 20 included LGBT characters and last year, out of the 126 films released, 22 had LGBT characters so it remains almost the same numbers. However, racial diversity is not the same at all and that's where we can see a huge drop.

Thus, on 20 LGBT characters in 2014, 32,1% of them were not white but last year, only 25,5% were not white, with 10,6% Latino, 8,5% black and 6,4% Asian.

It makes you probably think about what happened at the Oscars, this glaring lack of racial diversity in the films and the jury.

GLAAD's president Sarah Kate Ellis said that LGBT characters are often used as a punchlines targets.

Let's see in detail what are the movie studios that have brought the most LGBT characters.

First of all, let's welcome the great performance of Focus Features and Fox Searchlight which have both released 46 films, including 22% of LGBT characters, an increase of over 10,6% compared to the previous year!

Lionsgate also scores well as out of its 24 films released, 8 included important LGBT characters  (=33%). Then, for Warner Brothers, which released 25 films, 5 had LGBT characters, this represents 20%.

Universal and Sony are tied with 19% of LGBT characters. Universal released 21 films with 4 featured LGBT characters while Sony has released 16 films, 3 included characters from the community.

Finally, to complete this filing, Fox offered 17 movies, only 2 including LGBT characters (=12%). As for Disney and Paramount, which released respectively 11 and 12 films, none of them did include LGBT characters.

"Hollywood's films lag far behind any other form of media when it comes to portrayals of LGBT characters," Ellis said. "The film industry must embrace new and inclusive stories if it wants to remain competitive and relevant."

While this report covers the year 2015 for the cinema, we saw that the report on the visibility of our community on television was also positive for the last year, unfortunately we already know that the next GLAAD's report on our visibility on TV will be the worst one ever, we will see what will be the results in cinema, but I'm not sure it will be better.

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