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GLAAD Campaign Faults Movie Studios for Negative Lgbt Depictions

24 September 2015 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Orange is the New Black,” “Modern Family” and other television programs routinely offer up sensitive and fully dimensional homosexual and transgender characters, but on the big screen it’s a much bleaker story.

Movies like “Get Hard,” “Ted 2” or “The Wolf of Wall Street” liberally use homophobic terms or poke fun at gay characters, according to advocacy group GLAAD. Beyond a few jokes and putdowns, most major studio films are entirely devoid of Lgbt figures. In 2014, for example, only 17 of more than 100 studio releases included lesbian, gay or bisexual characters, and most of those roles amounted to little more than cameos.

“We’re still the butt of the joke,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO and president of GLAAD. “We’re still infrequently seen and when we are seen, it’s in a negative light.”

To illustrate movie studios’ lack of progress, GLAAD is launching a new online video campaign entitled “Hollywood Must Do Better. »

- Brent Lang

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Emmys: TV Diversity Still Leaves Much Room for Improvement

4 August 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When the Oscar nominees were announced on Jan. 15, social media exploded over the fact that not a single performer of color was included among the 20 acting nominees. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag went viral, hitting 95,000 tweets per hour the day of the announcement.

Cut to July 16, the morning of Emmy nominations, when “Orange Is the New Black” Emmy winner Uzo Aduba and “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley read a line-up of names that included 18 black performers across 11 different thesping categories.

There were still Twitter complaints (no “Empire” for outstanding drama!? For shame, TV Academy!), but also no question that television is on a completely different level than feature films when it comes to providing meaningful, complex and high-profile characters for a diverse range of performers.

And the recognition is happening across all scripted categories, from comedy (“Black-ish,” “Getting On”) to drama (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “Orange »

- Geoff Berkshire and Tim Gray

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Myth of ‘Liberal Hollywood': TV Makes Strides in Lgbt World, But What About Film?

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Major-studio comedies like “The Hangover” and “Get Hard” feature anti-gay jokes, and Lgbt characters are chronically missing from summer tentpoles.

Is Hollywood homophobic?

Kelly Bush Novak, ID-pr founder and CEO, says there is a distinct split when talking about the entertainment industry. “I can’t think of a time when I’ve seen homophobia on television. But I see it in movies all the time. In an industry so well-populated by gay and lesbian filmmakers and producers, we can do better.”

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-aftra chief operating officer and general counsel, says discrimination can happen not just in on-camera depictions, but behind the scenes as well. “The industry has made a big impact in the broader world, but hasn’t done enough to take care of Lgbt people here at home, in the industry,” he says. Stars remain in the closet (see story, page 40), and Crabtree-Ireland says the mood affects working performers at all levels. »

- Tim Gray

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Myth of ‘Liberal Hollywood': TV Makes Strides in Lgbt World, But What About Film?

29 June 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Major-studio comedies like “The Hangover” and “Get Hard” feature anti-gay jokes, and Lgbt characters are chronically missing from summer tentpoles.

Is Hollywood homophobic?

Kelly Bush Novak, ID-pr founder and CEO, says there is a distinct split when talking about the entertainment industry. “I can’t think of a time when I’ve seen homophobia on television. But I see it in movies all the time. In an industry so well-populated by gay and lesbian filmmakers and producers, we can do better.”

Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, SAG-aftra chief operating officer and general counsel, says discrimination can happen not just in on-camera depictions, but behind the scenes as well. “The industry has made a big impact in the broader world, but hasn’t done enough to take care of Lgbt people here at home, in the industry,” he says. Stars remain in the closet (see story, page 40), and Crabtree-Ireland says the mood affects working performers at all levels. »

- Tim Gray

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Unscripted Television Led the Charge in Embracing Lgbt Community

15 June 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Caitlyn Jenner revealed her transgender truth to Diane Sawyer on primetime TV, Lgbt issues were thrown under an ever bigger spotlight than ever before. And while scripted series have sporadically featured gay characters, unscripted television embraced the Lgbt community a long time ago.

Certainly television, in general, is far from having evenly distributed representation, with GLAAD’s 2014 annual report of diversity in television calculating only 3.9% of primetime scripted series regulars as members of the Lgbt community.

On all sides of equation, scripted or otherwise, television is experiencing an influx of Lgbt awareness, including Jenner’s new docu-series “I Am Cait” on E!, Laverne Cox’s recurring role in the scripted series “Orange Is the New Black,” Oyxgen’s docu-series “The Prancing Elites Project,” above, which follows an African-American, gay and gender non-conforming dance team, and TLC’s upcoming show “I Am Jazz” about 14-year-old trans teenager Jazz Jennings.

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- Seth Kelley

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