GLAAD

Hollywood’s LGBT Representation Numbers Are Depressing — But GLAAD Is Wrong About How to Fix Them

Well here we are again, have a seat, put your feet up; there’s a new study on diversity in Hollywood and, unsurprisingly, it’s really fucking terrible. GLAAD has released its second annual Studio Responsibility Index, which “maps the quantity, quality and diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in films released by seven major motion picture studios during the 2013 calendar year.” The results are about what you’d expect: Of the 102 feature films released by major studios in 2013, exactly 17 of them so much as included an LGBT character. And less than half of those were characters with more than a single (often defamatory) dimension. It’d be pretty depressing if it weren’t so terribly predictable! … Read More

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Give Us a Gay ‘Sleeping Beauty': Why We Need More LGBT Characters in Kids’ Movies

GLAAD has issued what it calls a “Studio Responsibility Report,” tracking the representation of LGBT people in film. Organized by studio, the report assigns ratings to each based on their performance. All the majors performed “adequately” except for two this year, Twentieth Century Fox and Disney, who both got failing grades. Fox struck out entirely; Disney did only marginally better with one blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo by MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts in The Avengers. If that little tidbit about Disney seems so pathetic to you as to not even merit mention in this report, I would point out that even in the other studios’ cohorts the showing is rather weak. It’s a sad day when you have to count things like Seth MacFarlane’s TED and American Reunion in looking for gay characters. Brokeback Mountain these ain’t. … Read More

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What Bret Easton Ellis’ GLAAD Rant Gets Right (And What It Gets Wrong)

Out has published a long rant from novelist and occasional Internet provocateur Bret Easton Ellis that covers at length the following subjects: Jason Collins, the former NBA player who came out as gay two weeks ago with a controversial Sports Illustrated cover story, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the organization’s annual media awards, openly gay actor Matt Bomer, a defense of AIDS jokes, and the phenomenon he calls “the Gay Man as the Magical Elf.” Strap in folks, because there’s a lot to parse in this nearly 3,500-word screed in which Ellis places himself at the heart of a great debate about the nature of today’s gay man — a topic on which the writer seems to play both sides. … Read More

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'Smash,' Lady Gaga, 'Pariah' Honored at the 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards

Last night, the first section of the 23rd annual GLAAD Media Awards were presented in New York City in an event hosted by Glee‘s Cory Monteith and Naya Rivera. The awards, which will continue April 21st in Los Angeles, honor media outlets, people and programs across the board “for their fair, accurate and… Read More

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ABC Leads the Nominations for This Year’s GLAAD Media Awards

The nominations for this year’s GLAAD Media Awards — which honor outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community — have just been announced, and despite really stepping in things with that misguided, and thankfully short-lived, cross-dressing comedy Work It, ABC managed to secure eight nods. Surprisingly, that’s five more nominations than any other network. On the film side of things, we are glad to see two of our favorite flicks from 2011, Beginners and Weekend, both get a mention. While significantly less fun (at least from a category names perspective) than the campy Dorian Awards that we recently told you about, GLAAD’s picks are obviously way more influential within the industry. Click through to see which of your favorite films and TV shows made the cut. … Read More

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GLAAD Says Fox and HBO Are TV’s Most Diverse Networks

The results of this year’s “Where We Are On TV” report — GLAAD’s 16th annual review of scripted LGBT primetime characters in the 2011-2012 season — are in, and we think that you might be surprised by some of the findings; namely, the fact that Fox is “the most inclusive” of the broadcast… Read More

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