A study by the University of Southern California’s Media Diversity and Social Change initiative has found that just 0.7% of characters in 2015’s the most successful films were gay, lesbian, bi or trans. Production studios are facing increasing pressure to show diversity in characters. In particular Marvel were criticised for its lack of LGBT characters. Many fans of the Captain America franchise urged for the superhero to have a boyfriend, and Bucky was up for the title.
Many projects aimed to increase the numbers of LGBT hollywood characters were launched already. When it comes down to women in film, 30.2% of women who appeared in 2015’s top films were scantily clad as compared to just 7.7% of men. Actresses were also much less likely to speak. A full break down by the department found that of the 4,370 speaking or named characters in blockbusters from 2015, just 31.4% were women. When looking at the ratio of directors, 92.5% of the films analysed were directed by men. only 10 of the 107 directors were not white. Emma Watson has been a big advocate for change in diversity in Hollywood and has pushed for more female directors. She has spoken about sexism in the industry before, noting that she has been directed only twice by females but 17 times by men.