Overview of Findings

  • Of the 110 films GLAAD counted from the major studios in 2018, 20 (18.2 percent) contained characters identified as LGBTQ. This is a significant increase of 5.4 percent, and up six films from the previous year’s 12.8 percent (14 of 109 films). This is the second highest percentage of inclusive films found in the seven-year history of this report, second to 18.4 percent of films (23 of 125) in 2016.

  • For the first time in this report’s history, there were an equal number of films which included gay and lesbian characters. Gay men appear in 55 percent (11) of inclusive films, a drop from last year’s 64 percent. Lesbian representation has increased significantly, up to 55 percent (11) of inclusive films featuring lesbians from 36 in 2017. Bisexual representation remained steady at a low 15 percent (three films). There were zero transgender-inclusive films from the major studios in 2018, a finding consistent with the previous year.

  • GLAAD tallied 45 total LGBTQ characters among all mainstream releases in 2018, up from 28 in 2017. Men continue to outnumber women characters, though by a lesser margin than last year. In 2018, of the LGBTQ characters, there were 26 men and 19 women, compared to the 20 men and eight women of 2017’s major studio films. There were no transgender or non-binary characters counted in mainstream releases this year.

  • The racial diversity of LGBTQ characters saw a drop this year, with 42 percent of LGBTQ characters being people of color, compared to 57 percent in 2017. However, this is still much higher than the 20 percent people of color in 2016. Of the 45 characters counted, 26 were white (58 percent), 10 were Black/African American (22 percent), six were Asian/Pacific Islander (13 percent), and three were Latinx (7 percent).

  • Comedy and drama films were the most inclusive releases at seven each. Genre films (action, sci-fi, fantasy/horror) counted six inclusive films, while no family or documentary films had LGBTQ characters.

  • Universal Pictures had the highest number of LGBTQ-inclusive films at six (30 percent). 20th Century Fox clocked the highest percentas.ge of the seven studios at 40 percent (four films) of annual releases including LGBTQ characters. Five of Warner Bros.’ 23 films (22 percent) had LGBTQ characters, while Paramount had two of its 10 (20 percent), followed by Sony Pictures with two inclusive films out of 18 (11 percent). Lionsgate landed near the bottom with just one inclusive film out of 19 (5 percent), while Walt Disney found itself in last place with no LGBTQ-inclusive films.

GLAAD also separately examined the film releases of four smaller, affiliated studios (Focus Features, Fox Searchlight, Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Classics) to draw a comparison between content released by the mainstream studios and perceived "art house" divisions. Of the 40 films released under those art house imprints in 2018, GLAAD found 14 to be LGBTQ-inclusive (35 percent). This is up from 28 percent (11 out of 40) in 2017. This is the highest percentage GLAAD has found since beginning to track these subsidiary studios.

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