Hollywood films lacked central gay characters: Group
NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Fewer than 15 per cent of major Hollywood films last year included gay characters and virtually all of those were minor or bit parts, the media advocacy group Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad) said in a report released on Wednesday.
Glaad, which monitors media for representations of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people and issues, tracked Hollywood output for its first Studio Responsibility Index mapping the quantity, quality and diversity of images depicted.
"As a major influence in American culture and one of our nation's largest media exports abroad, the lack of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) characters in big-budget films needs to change," said Glaad spokesman Wilson Cruz in a news release accompanying the report.
"Until LGBT characters are depicted in these films in a substantial way with more regularity, there will remain the appearance of LGBT bias on the studios' part," Mr Cruz added.