Gays Few and Far Between in Film

From a Queerty article on a report from GLAAD about the underrepresentation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) characters in film:

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), 17 were white (84.4%), while only four were Black/African American (12.5%) and one was Latino (3.1%). There were no Asian-Pacific Islander or recognizably multi-racial LGBT characters counted.

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. By comparison, 34 genre films (action, sci-fi, fantasy, etc.) made up the majority of the 2012 releases, though only three (8.8%) of those included any LGBT characters. Additionally, only one of 21 dramas (4.7%) and one of four documentaries (25%) were inclusive, while there were no LGBT characters in any animated or family-oriented films from the ‘Big Six.’

The study comes on the heels of an IndieWire article on the death of the mainstream gay movie. Compared to the 90s, when “48 films with significant LGBT characters grossed over $1 million at the box office,” the previous decade had only 20 films to cross that mark; Pedro Almodóvar’s I’m So Excited is only the fifth film since 2010 to do so.

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1 Response to Gays Few and Far Between in Film

  1. John Mulholland says:

    Inevitably, we’re the best friend, the tag-along buddy, third lead. This article is spot-on!

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