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Major film studios featured nine fewer films with LGBTQ (****, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) characters in 2017 compared to the year before, according to an annual report by media-advocacy organization GLAAD.
Only 14 of the 109 films counted by the New York-based organization featured an LGBTQ character last year, accounting for fewer than 13% of major studio releases produced by the top seven studios according to box-office share. The organization rates studios’ efforts as excellent, good, insufficient, poor, or failing.
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No film studio has earned an excellent rating in the six years GLAAD has tracked LGBTQ representation in its Studio Responsibility Index. Universal and 20th Century Fox received the highest marks, earning an “insufficient” rating. Among the titles pointed out by GLAAD researchers were Universal’s “Get Out,” which suggested the family’s housekeeper, Georgina, is a **** and Fox’s “Alien: Covenant.” The sci-fi action-thriller featured a gay couple, though it wasn’t until after the death of the gay characters that their relationship became clear. Sony’s “Rough Night” also earned praise for featuring two main characters, Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer), who shared a kiss at the end of the movie, rekindling their romance.
Earning poor ratings were Disney and Sony. Lionsgate and Warner Bros. were rated as failing. Art house divisions like Fox Searchlight and Universal’s Focus Features were also analyzed as part of the report, but were not factored into their parent studios’ final rating.
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The annual report is intended to pressure top movie studios to feature more LGBTQ characters and in more meaningful ways. This year, GLAAD issued a call to studios to ensure that at least 20% of major studio releases include LGBTQ characters by 2021 and 50% by 2024.
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