GLAAD, the group devoted to lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and queer equality, has launched its annual Studio Responsibility Index for 2020 — which covers movies launched in 2019 — and has discovered that for the third yr in a row, there have been no transgender characters in mainstream Hollywood motion pictures.
GLAAD releases this report yearly, with the aim of analyzing mainstream American motion pictures for illustration of LGBTQ characters. The index takes into consideration most main Hollywood movies, in addition to sure smaller motion pictures launched by the art-house labels of main studios, equivalent to Sony Pictures Classics and Focus Features. Beyond simply figuring out whether or not a movie options lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender, or queer characters, GLAAD makes use of its index to research the kind of inclusion current, and grades studios and their output primarily based on how they deal with LGBTQ characters.
While basic illustration throughout the trade was up barely at 18.6% versus 2018’s 18.2%, GLAAD discovered that there have been no transgender characters in any of the 118 movies that had been a part of this yr’s Index. It’s value noting that the report does focus on characters in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Hustlers, and Queen & Slim which might be performed by trans actors, however doesn’t rely these characters as trans for the needs of the index as a result of they aren’t explicitly acknowledged to be transgender within the motion pictures themselves.
GLAAD additionally notes that whereas that is the third yr in a row with no transgender characters in Hollywood movies, tv continues to have extra transgender illustration than ever. The index mentions exhibits like FX’s Pose and The CW’s Supergirl, in addition to 9-1-1: Lone Star, The L Word, and Work in Progress, as having transgender illustration. GLAAD additionally brings particular consideration to the latest Netflix documentary Disclosure, which focuses on illustration of trans characters in movie and TV.
For extra data on GLAAD’s findings on illustration in media, you’ll be able to try the organization’s full report.