Monday, May 2, 2016

2015: A Disapointing Year for LGBT People in Film

Hollywood is still behind the curve when it comes to onscreen film LGBT diversity, despite notable performances by stars like Cate Blanchett in Carol and Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, GLAAD's annual Studio Responsibility Index report found.

Exploring 126 films from major studios released in 2015, GLAAD found that only 17.5 percent included characters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender. The inclusion percentage remained stagnant from 2014, when 20 of the 114 films surveyed included LGBT characters.

Among these characters, only one identified as transgender, and the role was used as merely a punch line. The part is indicative of a bigger trend, according to GLAAD, as most of the represented LGBT parts were just minor roles with 10 minutes of screen time or less.

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