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LGBTQ+ Representation in Movies Decreases, Report Finds

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Major movie studios are dropping the ball on LGBTQ+ representation in films, according to LGBTQ+ group GLAAD.The organization’s tenth annual Studio Responsibility Index saw the percentage of LGBTQ-inclusive films, including racial diversity and screen time, drop.

The study measures the proportion of LGBTQ+ characters in films released by seven of the highest-grossing film studios in the world.

They are Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, and Warner Bros. GLAAD found that 16 of the 77 films theatrically released by major studios in 2021 contained LGBTQ+ characters.

At 20.8 percent, this represents a drop of nearly 2 percent from the previous year when ten out of 44, or 22.7 percent of films, included LGBTQ+ characters.

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