The representation of the LGBT community in the US film industry will drop in 2021, according to a report published on Thursday by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
The annual report, called the Studio Responsibility Index, analyzed the number and diversity of LGBT characters in films released by the country’s major studios: Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, United Artists Releasing, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros.
Of the 77 films analyzed in 2021, only 16 had LGBT characters (20.8%), including “Our Women”, “Licorice Pizza”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, “In the Heights”, “Eternals” and “West Side Story” included. ,
This represents a 1.9% decrease in representation compared to the previous year.
In 2020, a year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and a drop in production, 44 films were released, of which 10 featured LGBT characters, i.e. 22.7%.
The study also revealed that there were 28 characters from the LGBT community in 2021 films, of which the majority, 19, were male, while 9 were female.
This marked a 9% increase in the representation of gay characters over the previous year, but a 50% decrease in the inclusion of homosexuals on screen, and only two films featured bisexual people.
In addition, there was no representation of trans women or non-binary people in 2021, while Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” featured a trans man and Anybidus’ character for the first time in five years.
In terms of racial diversity of the LGBT community, it decreased by 1% compared to 2020, with 17 white (61%), 5 black (18%), 2 Latino (7%), 2 Asian (7%). , 1 multiracial (4%), and 1 Middle Eastern (4%), and there was a complete absence of LGBT characters with disabilities or HIV.
Screen time remains poor for community characters, with only 7 of the 28 characters reviewed having more than 10 minutes on screen, while 17 had less than 5 minutes and 6 had less than a minute.