I remember the frustration of growing up loving science fiction but never seeing fully-developed gay characters - if any - in the books I read. Now a study finds that modern youth are seeing a similar blind spot in the cinema.
Fewer gay characters are appearing in movies despite the wealth of material in literature. The piece notes a couple of exceptions but overall gives mediocre to poor grades to recent efforts.
Genre films like comic book adaptations consume much of the studios' capital and promotional efforts, the report says, and such films have a striking lack of LGBT characters. In "The Avengers," it notes, there is a gay news anchor, but his appearance is "so brief it was likely missed by many viewers."
The report rates each of the six studios according to the number of LGBT-inclusive films they released. Faring worst were 20th Century Fox and Disney, which each received "failing" grades; the other four -- Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. -- were designated "adequate."
Asked for responses Tuesday afternoon in advance of the report's release, the studios had no immediate comment.