GLAAD finds movies lag behind TV in LGBT roles

August 22, 2013 • Entertainment

This film image released by Focus Features shows the animated characters Courtney Babcock, voiced by Anna Kendrick, left, Norman Babcock, voiced by Kodi Smit-McPhee, second left, Neil, voiced by Tucker Albrizzi, second right, and Mitch, voiced by Casey Affleck, right, in a scene from “ParaNorman.” The character Mitch in the 2012 “ParaNorman” was revealed at the end to be gay. The GLAAD advocacy group says that movie was an exception in a year that showed Hollywood’s major studios are reluctant to include LGBT characters in important roles in their films. (AP Photo/Focus Features)

NEW YORK (AP) — We may be seeing more prominent gay and lesbian characters on TV shows, but the movie industry lags well behind the small screen, an advocacy group reports.

In its first study of LGBT roles in major studio releases, GLAAD found that compared with TV, where there has been a significant shift over the past decade, “Major studios appear reluctant to include LGBT characters in significant roles or franchises.”

In its report released Wednesday, GLAAD, formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, found that of 101 releases from Hollywood’s six major studios in 2012, just 14 included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Most were no more Login to read more

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