LOS ANGELES – Despite high-profile Oscar awards for art-house films such as "Call Me By Your Name" and "A Fantastic Women," LGBTQ's appearance in films from the seven biggest louds one on Tuesday of the The Hollywood studios dropped significantly in 2017, according to a study published by GLAAD.
GLAAD said in its sixth annual report that of the 109 main releases from 2017, 12.8 percent contained LGBTQ characters, compared to 18.4 percent a year ago. None of the main films had a transgender character, although the racial diversity of LGBTQ characters increased after two years of decline.
Individually, none of the studios received a higher rating than 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures. Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios all received "bad" ratings and both Lionsgate and Warner Bros. received "failing" scores.
As usual, Independent and Art House releases contained more LGBTQ characters. Of the 40 films released by Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Classics, which released "Call Me By Your Name" and "A Fantastic Woman," 28 percent were LGBTQ-inclusive, up from 17 percent a year 2016.
The report says that Hollywood is reaching a turning point with both the Time's Up and # MeToo movements and the big box office successes of films like Black Panther and Wonder Woman.
"Inclusion is good for the bottom line," said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. "It's time to include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) stories in this conversation and movement."
According to GLAAD, 20 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 identify themselves as LGBTQ.
The organization urges the industry to commit to achieving a target of 20 percent of major releases including LGBTQ characters by 2021 and 5024 by 2024. It also appeals to studios, LGBTQ characters more directly in the plots and not leave the queer identity of a character to the subtext or interpretation, as was the case with Power Rangers.
GLAAD notes that with releases such as "Love, Simon" by Paramount, 2018 will make "Annihilation" more promising "and Universal's" Blockers ", all played on thousands of screens across North America," contained central queer characters who have their own stories.
"Movies like & # 39; Love, Simon & # 39; have helped to accelerate Acceptance around the world is huge and there are many places that show the stories of LGBTQ young people being inspired and enabled to come after the film, "wrote Ellis unique power of entertainment – to transform hearts and minds by sharing our stories and helping people to gain understanding and shared experiences with people who may not be exactly like them. "
Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr
Copyright 2018 The Associated Press, All Rights Reserved, This material may not be published, transmitted, rewritten or redistributed.