Hollywood studios have been criticised for a complete lack of transgender characters in its major movies.
LGBTQ+ media monitoring organisation GLAAD has released its annual Studio Responsibility Index, which maps the "quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ characters in films" by the eight major studios that had the highest grosses in 2019.
As part of the report, it was found that of 118 major studio movies that were released in the year, zero transgender characters appeared.
"Disappointingly, film continues to lag behind other media as a third straight year passes with zero transgender characters in major releases," GLAAD said.
GLAAD went on to note that trans representation has increased on the small screen with the likes of Pose, TV's first trans superhero on Supergirl, as well as 9-1-1: Lone Star, The L Word and Work in Progress.
"Yet, major studio films continue to leave trans characters out of the story," the organisation continued. "While the year did include four transgender and/or non-binary actors in major releases, none of those films established those characters as transgender or non-binary within the film's world.
"While we are pleased to see trans actors being cast in roles that are not explicitly written as transgender, for this report, GLAAD did not count those characters in its tally based on what was on screen."
As part of GLAAD's overall report, it was found that 18.6% of the 118 movies included LGBTQ characters – a very slight increase of 0.4%, and the highest percentage in the eight-year history of the report.
However, GLAAD also found a downward trend of racial diversity of LGBTQ characters for a third year, revealing: "Just 34 percent of LGBTQ characters were people of colour (17 of 50), down from 42 percent in the previous report and a decrease of twenty-three percentage points from the 57 percent of LGBTQ characters of colour in 2017.
"GLAAD is calling on the studios to ensure that within two years at least half of their LGBTQ characters are people of colour."
Digital Spy now has a newsletter – sign up to get it sent straight to your inbox.
Looking for more TV recommendations and discussion? Head over to our Facebook Group to see new picks every day, and chat with other readers about what they're watching right now.
You Might Also Like