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    2023 Studio Responsibility Index

    Executive Summary

    As the Studio Responsibility Index moves into its second decade, the methodology has been expanded to reflect changes in how films are distributed today. This year, GLAAD is counting 10 studio distributors in this report, including key streaming services as well as rolling up the arthouse labels of major studios to their parent company. The 10 distributors tracked in this report are: A24, Amazon Studios, AppleTV+, Lionsgate, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount Global, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, and Warner Bros. Discovery. 

    • The 10 distributors combined released 350 films in 2022. Of those 350 films, 100 (28.5 percent) contain an LGBTQ character. This is the highest number and percentage recorded in the 11 years GLAAD has conducted this study, though it must be considered that the number of films tracked has exponentially increased this year under new methodology.
    • GLAAD counted 292 LGBTQ characters accross the 100 LGBTQ-inclusive films. Of those characters, 117 (40 percent) are characters of color. This is a slight increase from last year’s percentage. 
    • Of the 292 LGBTQ characters counted, 163 of them were men, 119 were women, and 10 were nonbinary. Seven of the women characters and six of the men characters were transgender. 
    • This is an increase in the percentage of women, though parity has still not been reached. This marks a record high number of nonbinary characters found in a single year. 
    • Twelve of the 350 films GLAAD counted included transgender characters, a record high for this report. 
    • Over half of LGBTQ characters (56 percent, 165 of 292) clocked under five minutes of screen time. Of the 292 LGBTQ characters, 86 (29 percent of total LGBTQ characters) had less than one minute of screentime. While 95 characters (33 percent) clocked over ten minutes, 32 (11 percent) were between five and ten minutes, and 79 (27 percent) clocked between one and five minutes.
    • Eleven LGBTQ characters (four percent) were counted with a disability. This is a record high for this report, but still vastly underrepresents the actual population of queer people with disabilities. Only one of those characters was living with HIV.

    2022 OVERALL FINDINGS, BY STUDIO

    A24

    36%

    14 TOTAL FILMS / 5 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: GOOD

    Amazon Studios

    34%

    35 TOTAL FILMS / 12 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: FAIR

    Apple TV+

    18%
    11 TOTAL FILMS / 2 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: POOR

    Lionsgate

    17%

    6 TOTAL FILMS / 1 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: FAILING

    NBCUniversal

    24%

    37 TOTAL FILMS / 9 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: GOOD

    Netflix

    22%

    107 TOTAL FILMS / 24 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: FAIR

    Paramount Global

    29%

    24 TOTAL FILMS / 7 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: FAIR

    Sony

    21%

    38 TOTAL FILMS / 8 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: INSUFFICIENT

    Walt Disney

    41%

    59 TOTAL FILMS / 24 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: GOOD

    Warner Bros. Discovery

    42%

    19 TOTAL FILMS / 8 LGBTQ-INCLUSIVE FILMS

    RATING: INSUFFICIENT

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