[Ed. – On the other hand, not all is well in LGBT Land.]
While Hollywood celebrated Call Me by Your Name and its two peach-loving boyfriends at the most recent Oscars, where James Ivory won best screenplay, studio movies actually turned away from depicting LGBTQ characters in 2017.
In a new survey of the 109 films released theatrically by the major studios last year, the advocacy group GLAAD reports that gay, lesbian, bi, trans and queer characters appeared in only 14 films—just 12.8 percent of the total releases, a dramatic drop from the 18.4 percent of the studio features that were judged to be inclusive in 2016. In fact, it’s the lowest percentage of films containing LGBTQ characters since GLAAD began issuing its annual report in 2012.
And a lot of the gay appearances in 2017 films were fleeting. Of the 14 films that included LGBTQ characters, in half those characters had less than five minutes of screen time, the study found.
The only positive development was that with characters such as Betty Gabriel’s Georgina, who appears to have a lesbian past in Get Out, diversity increased, with people of color representing 16 of the 28 characters identified in 2017’s studio films.