Studio Responsibility Index at 10

Studio Responsibility Index at 10

GLAAD’s annual Studio Responsibility Index, a study that maps the quantity, quality, and diversity of LGBTQ characters in films released theatrically by major studio distributors, was launched in 2013 after seeing the progress driven by the organization’s work and research in LGBTQ storytelling on television.

The most recent study, issued December 2022 analyzing 2021 releases, researched films distributed theatrically by Lionsgate, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, United Artists Releasing, Universal Pictures, Walt Disney Studios and Warner Bros. Discovery, as well as films released by four subsidiaries of these major studios. The Studio Responsibility Index is intended to serve as a road map toward increasing fair, accurate and inclusive LGBTQ representation in film

From GLAAD’s first SRI to the recent milestone tenth edition, the percentage of LGBTQ-inclusive films has grown by 50 percent or 1.5 times as GLAAD has set industry priorities and best practices. This surge in inclusive storytelling is reflected in the recent expansions of several key GLAAD Media Awards categories to recognize the outstanding LGBTQ characters and stories audiences are enjoying.


Study findings:

  • LGBTQ-inclusive films released from major studios have grown by 50 percent or 1.5 times since GLAAD’s first SRI was issued in 2013.
  • Five key film genres have seen substantial improvement in LGBTQ inclusion over the past decade: superhero films – led by new inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, kids and family films, romantic comedies, raunchy adult comedy, and action/sci-fi/horror.
  • LGBTQ characters remain lacking in total screen time, with the most recent SRI showing more than half appearing for under five minutes. Introducing more central and nuanced LGBTQ characters should be a priority as studios look to their development slates.
  • Major studio releases have yet to consistently meet GLAAD’s challenge to ensure that at least half of LGBTQ characters are people of color, only meeting this bar once (2018). The most recent study found only 39 percent of LGBTQ characters were people of color.
  • Bisexual+ people (an umbrella term which includes people who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and more) represent more than half of the LGBTQ community, yet only two films in the latest study included bi+ characters.
  • The most recent SRI is the first in five years to count a transgender character, and that character was ultimately a small role. For storytelling to improve in the next decade, there must be a number of new trans characters introduced each year who are fully fleshed out characters beyond their gender identity and existing in all settings, roles, and communities.
  • There is only one upcoming film from a major studio expected to include a character with HIV, the Universal Pictures’ adaptation of the Rock Hudson biography All That Heaven Allows. There are more than 1.2 Million Americans living with HIV and nearly 9 in 10 people believe “there is still stigma around HIV.” GLAAD has challenged studios to urgently prioritize introducing LGBTQ characters living with HIV in their upcoming film slates after a near complete absence in major studio releases in the past decade.
  • GLAAD will be launching an expanded methodology in its 2023 Studio Responsibility Index which will reflect distribution changes in the film industry. That report will be released later this year.

Download the full publication in PDF format.  

Read all 10 years of the SRI below.

Read the 2022 SRI here.

Read the 2021 SRI here

Read the 2020 SRI here.

Read the 2019 SRI here.

Read the 2018 SRI here.

Read the 2017 SRI here.

Read the 2016 SRI here.

Read the 2015 SRI here.

Read the 2014 SRI here.

Read the 2013 SRI here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023