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  finds. According to the 2019 GLAAD Studio Responsibility Index ( or , 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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