GLAAD — the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation — is pitching a fit this week because, the group says, big-budget Hollywood films don’t include enough gay, lesbian and transgender characters.
The media monitoring group released its 2016 Studio Responsibility Index on Monday. The index harshly criticizes America’s seven major movie studios for featuring gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender characters in 22 out of 126 films in 2015.
The percentage of films with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender characters, then, is 17.5 percent.
By way of comparison, just 3.8 percent of all Americans identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, according to tracking polls from Gallup.
Thus, in 2015, America’s big-budget movies overrepresented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters by a whopping 460 percent. [Emphasis added]