Hollywood Movies with LGBTQ Characters Reached Record Low in 2017
An annual survey of movies done by GLAAD found that movies featuring LGBTQ characters dropped 40 percent in the year 2017. According to the study, of the 109 movies that GLAAD counted from major studios, 14 of them contained LGBTQ characters.
A growing trend is for filmmakers or actors to announce that certain characters are LGBTQ when promoting the movie to the press, however, leave this fact out of the movie itself. For example, in Lionsgate’s POWER RANGERS reboot, the Director announced that the Yellow Ranger was questioning her sexual orientation, though this isn’t something that can be deduced from watching the movie itself. In THOR: RAGNAROK, the Tessa Thompson who plays the character Valkyrie stated that her character is bi-sexual, but even GLAAD said in their report that this was not included in the movie. More recently, the writers of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY revealed that Lando Calrissian is pansexual, though this too is not shown in the movie.
One reason the studios may avoid including LGBTQ characters prominently in their major tentpoles is that the movies are heavily promoted internationally in countries that do not celebrate homosexual behavior some in Hollywood do. In addition to that, according to Movieguide®’s Annual Report to the Entertainment Industry, movies with very strong LGBTQ content on average only earned $7 million at the box office, a 62% decrease from the year before.
Some movies that GLAAD celebrates, such as smaller movies like CALL ME BY YOUR NAME do feature explicit LGBTQ content, others they praise like KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE simply have the gay celebrity, Elton John, playing himself as a cameo.
On the other hand, movies from the major studios that feature strong Christian or Redemptive content earned an average of $57 million at the box office in 2017, a 59% increase from 2016.