Hollywood has fewer LGBT characters

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The Hollywood film industry has been criticized by a fall in the number of personages LGBT in the cinema in the year 2017.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance against defamation (GLAAD), revealed that 12% of the current releases featured LGBT characters of last year.

That was 18% in 2016, and is the lowest level recorded by GLAAD, which began the index six years ago.

GLAAD, the study found some positive aspects, including that the racial diversity of the characters had improved in 2017.

Of the 109 study of films released in the past year, 14 prominent individuals LGBT, according to the Study of the Responsibility of the Index. Of the characters are LGBT, 43% were white, 28.5% black and 28.5% of those in Latin america.

Examples include Zoe Kravitz’s character of Blair on a bad Night and Demian Bichir in the character of Lope in Alien: Covenant.

GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said there were some signs of “welcome progress” in 2018, with movies like Love, Simon; Annihilation; and Blockers.

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She said: “If Hollywood wants to continue to be relevant with these audiences and keep them buying tickets, you must create stories that are a reflection of the world of LGBT people and our friends and family.

“This should take place in the major studio releases that play in wide release across the country – and, indeed, around the world – as well as the indie films that have long been the home of stand-out queer and trans stories.”

There was criticism for some of the films of superheroes, such as Thor: Ragnarok, which cut a scene that would have confirmed the character Valkyrie as bisexual.

The group also noted how the sexuality of comic book characters Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn do not make it into film adaptations.

The “inclusive” studio films, the 64% highlighted gay men, 36% had lesbian characters, and 14% included bisexual characters, but none had transgender or non-binary characters.

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