From The New York Times:
Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Not Appearing in This Movie
The number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender characters in films released by the seven major Hollywood studios held steady in 2015, but many were included only to be the butt of a joke and an overwhelming majority of them were white or male, according to a new report by GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Presumably they have a solid method of determining the sexualities of fictional characters. After all, unless their sexuality is relevant to the plot it’s unlikely to come up.
The overwhelming majority of L.G.B.T. characters that do make it to the big screen continue to lack substance and purpose,” Sarah Kate Ellis, the group’s president and C.E.O., said in a statement that accompanied the report’s release. Too often, she said, the characters “are included as the setup of a punch line or exist as an isolated token character who never gets the chance to bloom into a fully formed personality.”
Maybe Sarah Kate Ellis should write a film herself?
The study reviewed 126 films produced by the seven largest studios — 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Walt Disney and Warner Bros. — and found that only 22 of them, or 17.5 percent, contained a character that was identified as L.G.B.T. More than three-quarters of those films contained a gay male character while only 23 percent featured a lesbian character and 9 percent featured a character who was bisexual.
So, to count as a gay (or whatever) character they have to be ‘identified’ as such? Otherwise they’re assumed to be straight. Don’t you think that skews the figures a bit?
The writing will be so snappy when we have characters having their sexualities identified all the time. ‘Hi! I’m Deadpool and I’m bisexual!’