A new study conducted by GLAAD has highlighted that major Hollywood film studios are severely lacking in LGBTI representation, showing a disappointing decrease from prior years.
The annual report known as GLAAD’s Studio Responsibility Index, analysed films released in 2017 from 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, Paramount, Sony, Sony Pictures Classics, Universal, Focus Features, Disney, and Warner Bros. and compared them to the year prior.
The report showed that out of the 109 major film releases, only 14 films (12.8 percent) included LGB characters, with no transgender characters featuring in any film, a decrease from 2016 which had 23 out of 125 films (18.4%) including LGBTI representation.
While the major film studios failed in including the LGBTI community, Indie films released from smaller studios such as Fox Searchlight and Sony Pictures Classics had a more positive ratio of LGBTI inclusion.
With Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and The Shape of Water, which features Richard Jenkins as a gay ad illustrator, from Fox Searchlight, offering LGBTI representation. Sony Pictures Classics also released A Fantastic Woman starring transgender actress Daniela Vega as a transgender character.
Despite the decrease from the year prior, GLAAD is hopeful that 2018 will be a better year for LGBTI inclusion noting the recent film releases of Love, Simon, and Blockers.
GLAAD has called for film studios to strive for at least 20 percent of films to include LGBTI characters by 2021 rising to 50 percent by 2024.
You can read the full complete study by following this link here.