Hollywood LGBTQ Representation Unfold Absence of Trans Characters, Reduced Racial Diversity

A GLAAD survey of 110 major studio films released in 2018 showed that the all-inclusive number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer characters raised by 5.4%.

Compared with an immense range of various characters constituted in mainstream television and independent film, studio pictures are lacking to portray those whose sexual preferences or gender identity offers something unalike to the standard state of affairs.

In a new survey of 110 films released by major studios in 2018, the advocacy group GLAAD reported that lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer characters appeared in only 20 films — just 18.2% of releases, or 20 of the 110 films. Yet this indicates a meaningful increase from the last year’s study that marked an all-time low of 12.8%, or 14 out of 109 films.

For the first time in the report’s history, there were an equal number of films that consisted of gay and lesbian characters, with 11 films featuring gay men and lesbian characters, individually. Bisexual representation remained very low, with characters like this appeared in just 3 of the films.

The report even showed that among LGBTQ characters a 15% drop from 2017 in racial diversity. However, GLAAD counted six Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ characters in its pool, an increase from last year, when there were not any.

Odd Latinx LGBTQ characters reduced from 28.7% to just 7%, causing the advocacy group to request Hollywood “to rapidly move forward in revealing stories of LGBTQ characters at the crossing of multiple identities.” Characters of various religions and body types were mentioned as spot of various representations, along with those who display disabilities.

Transgender and non-binary characters were totally absent from the 110 major releases. GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index, which measures representation using the Vito Russo Test criteria that evaluates how LGBTQ characters are used properly within the narrative, went into further detail.

While comedies and dramas were among the most comprehensive, and genre films not far behind, on the other end of the scope was a total lack of LGBTQ depiction in animated, family and documentary films.

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