Trans representation is still problematic for Hollywood


18.2 percent of films released by the seven major studios featured LGBT+ characters in 2018, up from an all-time low of 12.8 percent in 2017, according to the Studio Responsibility Index, counted every year by LGBT rights group GLAAD . Out of 110 releases, 20 featured LGBT+ characters in some capacity. There were an equal number of films including gay and lesbian characters, both at 11 (55 percent). Bisexual characters were featured in three films (15 percent). And even though there are numerous trans-inclusive TV shows, in major film studios’ project transgender characters are hardly seen. The report also identified that no animated or family films released by the major studios in 2018 featured LGBT characters for the first time in the past 5 years. Out of the seven studios, only 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures were able to receive a ‘good’ rating, while Lionsgate Entertainment and Walt Disney both received ‘failing’ ratings. The number of films passing the test marked the highest percentage since the Studio Responsibility Index began.


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