Where are all the gays? Not in many films made by Hollywood’s major movie studios
If anyone thought Steven Soderbergh was exaggerating when he said the major studios all passed on Behind the Candelabra because it was “too gay,” a report released by GLAAD today confirms that attitude.
GLAAD’s first annual Studio Responsibility Index showed that out of the 101 releases from the major studios in 2012, only 14 of them contained characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Not a single one of the releases contained a transgender character.
They included Javier Bardem’s bad guy bisexual in Skyfall and Alec Baldwin as a gay club owner in Rock of Ages. Disney’s blockbuster The Avengers made the list only because of the brief presence of openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts who played himself in a newscast reporting on an alien invasion.
Aside from Skyfall and Rock of Ages, among the other films that included gay, lesbian or bisexual characters were American Reunion, Five-Year Engagement, Cloud Atlas, A Thousand Words, Pitch Perfect and Think Like a Man.
‘Until LGBT characters are depicted in these films in a substantial way with more regularity, there will remain the appearance of LGBT bias on the studios’ part,’ GLAAD’s Wilson Cruz said in a statement. ‘Whether it’s an action hero or a supporting character, moviegoers should be able to see LGBT people as integral players in the stories told by leading Hollywood studios.’
The dismal numbers come as television has become increasingly inclusive with a record high percentage of LGBT characters in the 2012-2013 broadcast season.