2019 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index

2019 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index

Hollywood is making uneven progress in the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer characters, a report from GLAAD finds. According to the 2019 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index (HTML or PDF, 46 pages), twenty, or 18.2 percent, of the hundred and ten releases from seven major studios in 2018 included LGBTQ characters, the second highest percentage since the index began tracking the "inclusivity" of films in 2012 — just behind 18.4 percent of the films (23 of 125) released in 2016 — and up significantly from 12.8 percent in 2017. And while gay and lesbian characters were each represented in 55 percent of LGBTQ-inclusive films, bisexual representation remained flat at 15 percent, while for the second consecutive year transgender or non-binary characters were entirely absent. The index tallied a total of forty-five LGBTQ characters among all mainstream releases in 2018, up from 28 in 2017, with men continuing to outnumber women among LGBTQ characters, albeit by a narrower margin. The report also found a significant decline in the racial diversity of LGBTQ characters, with people of color accounting for only 42 percent of LGBTQ characters in 2018, a drop of 15 percentage points from the 57 percent recorded in 2017. 

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