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GLAAD Praises Increased Inclusiveness of Disney Films


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   GLAAD Praises Increased Inclusiveness of Disney Films

                            The New York Times

By Brooks Barnes
Dec. 15, 2022

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Walt Disney Studios released five movies in theaters in 2021 that included at least one significant L.G.B.T.Q. character — more than any other film company, according to GLAAD. Also, Disney was the only major studio to release a movie with a transgender character. (It was “West Side Story,” which Disney released on its 20th Century label.)

“Compared to the other studios tracked in this report, Walt Disney Studios historically has a particularly poor reputation surrounding L.G.B.T.Q. inclusion,” GLAAD said, noting how far Disney has come. The organization also pointed out that Disney suffered lost ticket sales for its inclusiveness; some countries in the Middle East and Southeast Asia ban movies that depict same-sex relationships, and Disney — unlike some competitors — has stopped altering finished films to gain entry.

Together, the seven biggest studios released 77 films in theaters in 2021 and 16 contained L.G.B.T.Q. characters, mostly white gay men. GLAAD said most of the characters clocked under five minutes of screen time, and several had less than one minute. GLAAD criticized studios for incorporating no L.G.B.T.Q. characters living with H.I.V. or a disability.


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