In its fourth annual review
of over 125 movies released by the film industry's major studios, media watchdog GLAAD found the number of LGBT-identified characters increased by 68
Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, formerly
known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said it was troubling that most LGBT-identified characters serve as the butt
of a joke or to reinforce stereotypes. Studios continue to see LGBT
characters "as the setup of a punch line or
"It is clear that what we once considered 'adequate' from the film industry is no longer adequate at all. The film industry must embrace new stories reflective of the actual world if it wants to remain competitive and relevant."
Here are more details about the findings in GLAAD's report:
Of 126 films produced in 2015 by the seven largest Hollywood studios, only 18% featured an LGBT character.
Of the films containing an LGBT-identified character, 75% contained a gay male character, 23% featured a lesbian character and 9% featured a bisexual character.
Warner Bros's picture Hot Pursuit was the only 2015 film that featured a transgender character.
In 2014, 31% of LGBT film roles were characters of color. In 2015, whites represented 72% of all LGBT roles, while people of color accounted for 26% — a steep decline in the number of LGBT characters of color.
Despite the lack of racial and ethnic diversity among LGBT characters in movies, studios featured 47 gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender characters last year. There were just 28 in 2014.
Correction: May 5, 2016
An earlier version misstated how many film roles were LGBT characters of color. Thirty-one percent of LGBT characters in film were people of color.