GLAAD finds films lacking in LGBT characters
August 21st, 2013
12:48 PM ET

GLAAD finds films lacking in LGBT characters

GLAAD released its first study on the diversity of Hollywood films and the news is not great.

The GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index examined the six largest film studios – 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Columbia, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Brothers – in terms of how inclusive they were in containing characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. In looking at 101 movie releases from the studios in 2012, only 14 had LGBT characters.

“As a major influence in American culture and one of our nation's largest media exports abroad, the lack of LGBT characters in big-budget films needs to change,” said GLAAD's Wilson Cruz in the organizations's press release. “Until LGBT characters are depicted in these films in a substantial way with more regularity, there will remain the appearance of LGBT bias on the studios’ part."

"Whether it's an action hero or a supporting character, moviegoers should be able to see LGBT people as integral players in the stories told by leading Hollywood studios.”

Here are some of the findings from the index:
• More than half of those inclusive films (55.6%) featured gay male characters, while another 33% featured lesbian characters and 11% contained bisexual characters. Male characters represented 63% of LGBT images on screen, while female characters made up just 37%

• Of the 31 different characters counted (some of whom were onscreen for no more than a few seconds), 26 were white (83.9%), 4 were Black/African American (12.9%) and 1 was Latino (3.2%). There were no Asian-Pacific Islander or recognizably multi-racial LGBT characters counted.




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• The most common place to find LGBT characters in the major studios’ 2012 releases was in comedies, where nine of the 24 comedies released (37.5%) were inclusive.

Films like "The Perks of Being a WallFlower" and "Pitch Perfect" had LGB characters. Of all of the films, none had transgendered characters.

GLAAD has developed Vito Russo Test as a way of judging the films. The criteria includes that the character identify as LGBT and that they must be an integral part of the plot. Less than half of the films that contained LGBT characters passed the test.

Universal Pictures had the most LGBT characters represented, the study said.

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  1. cait

    Well, great for us that big budget movies don't equal social realities. Seriously, GLAAD you look a bit rediculous with this study. Also, there are plenty of indie films and docu-dramas that represent, and are much more genuine than Blockbusters anyways.

    August 27, 2013 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shocked!


    August 27, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. Chucklehead

    Lacking? idiots, that's because gay people are a huge minority and quite frankly, most "real" people don't know any or want to know any let alone watch them in a movie ot TV show.

    August 27, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Stunned!


    August 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bo Knows

    "Welcome to the club"

    -signed every minority group in the world

    August 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bender the Offender

    The reason is because WE DON'T WANT THEM IN OUR MOVIES!!!!
    We want to be entertained not disturbed. I am all for hot lesbians making out in movies I applaud and agree that there isn't enough of that. Now two dudes or some butches No Thanks.

    August 22, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 7

    Hello. Everyone is invited to visit...

    August 21, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. she exposed her mate's business to the world...she is a loser

    do we have her as filed?

    August 21, 2013 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Would you like to try some fromunda cheese?

    August 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. My droogs

    this one time i was so drunk on vodka and lemonade that i sh!t my pants while trying to fart. it was this thin, greasy gruel running down the back of my jeans and down my pant legs. there i was in the middle of the bar, drunk off my azz in sh!tty pants, reeking up a storm. still managed to get lucky that night though.

    August 21, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gotta give it up

    If she wants the d she gots to give up the p.

    August 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Q. Weefer


    August 21, 2013 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ikSKREEshuhn


    August 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KarmaBurns

    Unlike TV, where it appears to be a requirement to have one token Gay. let me say this, some of us "breeders" like have movies about us too. If you want more gays in film, then get off your lazy protesting butts and make some. Not all of the world wakes up every morning to thinking how we will adopt a gay or bow to one each dam* day.

    August 21, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NOYB

    I'm so GLAD I don't have to watch 2 guys making out in whatever film I plan on seeing this weekend:) Maybe we should start having parades claiming how proud we are for being straight!!! Ow wait that would be considered PREJUDICE and would be offensive to some thin skinned cry babies residing in San Francisco and in Hollywood!!!

    August 21, 2013 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BYON

      Straight people can have their parade after they’ve endured centuries of persecution for their God-given orientation.

      August 21, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Caliphate

    Who really cares what GLAAD thinks?

    August 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Boo

    Well maybe they should consider starting to write some films with gay characters instead of waiting for someone else to do it.

    August 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Sokman

    Thank you, GLAAD, for keeping track of this and reminding us of the disparity between gays and straights in the entertainment industry. It's only fair to have more Gay or LGBT people in movies. When is the last time you went to a summer blockbuster featuring an openly gay superhero? When that new Superman/Batman movie comes out in a couple years, I want to see the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight doing a 69 on each other!

    August 21, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benny

      I'm pretty sure the Hulk was gay in that Avengers movie last year - you could almost cut the s exual tension between him and Thor with a knife. Plus he always pranced around with this shirt off.

      August 21, 2013 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Observer

    Gays were very well represented in all the porn I viewed this year.

    August 21, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |

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