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I remember talking to my mother and seeing Snow White and wondering if there’d ever be Chocolate Brown or something like that. But my parents were very good at making sure I had dolls that looked like me, and books with brown children in them, and birthday cards with brown children on them. They were very aware. When you discount a child from fantasy, it’s a very strong statement. You think, Wow, somebody made an entire movie with elves, and trees that talk, and things that fly, and there was no room for me.

Anika Noni Rose in Vanity Fair. (Interview by Alex Beggs; Photographs by Justin Bishop.)

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We’re giving you a chance to win FREE TICKETS to our Spotlight On Diversity: A Conversation & Celebration of LGBT Media Representation

LGBT stars from stage, screen, and popular podcasts are coming together to discuss and celebrate LGBT media representation, including Lea DeLaria (Big Boo from Orange is the New Black), Sean Maher (Firefly), Dylan Marron (Carlos from Welcome to Night Vale), Jasika Nicole (Fringe, Welcome to Night Vale), Crissle West (The Read), and Amy Fox and Julie Vu (The Switch). 

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Study finds Latinas in movies are underrepresented, underdressed

It’s hardly a secret that Hollywood has a diversity problem. But a new study breaks down exactly how the movies are—and sometimes aren’t—failing to reflect the reality of our multicultural society, and it brings some interesting facts to light.

The study looked at the 100 top-grossing films of the past seven years, and examined its characters with speaking parts. One pleasant surprise is that, while white males are still the go-to choice for lead characters, when comparing the percentage of characters to percentages of population, African-Americans are relatively well represented (14.1 percent of movie characters vs. 12.6 percent of the U.S. population), while Asians are only slightly underrepresented (4.4 percent vs. 4.8 percent). 

Unsurprisingly, white people are very much over-accounted-for, making up 74.1 percent of movie characters. That dominance seems to come almost exclusively at the expense of Hispanics. America’s second-largest racial group comprises only 4.9 percent of movie characters, despite making up 16.3 percent of the population and a full quarter of the moviegoing public. In fact, the only demographic that fared worse were talking space raccoons, with no on-screen representation whatsoever from 2007-2013—although some progress has been made in the past few months.

In the few roles Hollywood does manage for them, Latinos are the most likely to be sexualized on screen, with both male and female actors more apt to be asked to be partially or fully naked. Some 37 percent of Latina actresses are sexualized on screen, well ahead of white (31.9 percent), black (23.5 percent) and Asian (18.2 percent) movie characters.

In other depressing trends, animation remains even less diverse than live-action film, with non-white characters making up only 15 percent of speaking parts. And while several African-American directors have reached newfound prominence in the last few years, their numbers overall have held steady at 6.5 percent, and of the 600 top-grossing films of the last seven years, only two were directed by black women. And, of course, Hollywood can make a comic-book movie about a raccoon and talking tree, but not one about a girl. So yeah, there’s still some work to be done.

The Box Scene Project and BAYCAT host "Spotlight on Diversity" panel in Los Angeles

Read the rest of GLAAD’s lovely write-up about our upcoming Spotlight on Diversity and get tix at SpotlightOnDiversity.TheBoxSceneProject.org.

Every single Marvel Studios movie has centered around a presumably straight, white, male protagonist, even if white women (mostly love interests) and men of color (support roles) have played roles in the film. The franchise is a box office juggernaut and has a ton of movies on this list, but we’ve gotten two to three movies about each of the men on the Avengers and there’s yet to be a film about Black Widow. Both of Marvel’s ensemble films—The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy—trimmed down the superhero teams for their film adaptations, and the women characters, save for one, were the first to be cut. Most moviegoers will never know that women of color and LGBTQ characters were cut from Guardians of the Galaxy, but audiences will get to relate to the talking raccoon and the talking tree.

Marissa Lee, Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blockbusters Overwhelmingly White, Male (via fuckyeahblackwidow)

STOP! We Need to Talk About Dylan Marron!

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Look at him! This is the face and smile of Carlos the Scientist from the wildly popular podcast, Welcome to Night Vale!

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This pic adds new meaning to “He grinned, and everything about him was perfect, and I fell in love instantly.” We’re not just talking about Carlos, folks! 

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He’s one-half of the cutest couple in podcasts! Cecilos 5eva <3 (x

imageDylan also steps from behind the mic and onto the stage! He’s a writer and performer for the late night stage show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. (x

imageAs if that wasn’t enough, you can see him (and that adorable grin) on your computer screen in the web series Whatever this is! (x

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He’s also an outspoken advocate for the LGBT and PoC communities! 

YOU CAN SEE HIM TALK LGBT MEDIA REPRESENTATION WITH OTHER LGBT STARS ON AUGUST 17 IN LOS ANGELES AT 5PM AT SPOTLIGHT ON DIVERSITY! 

Learn more and get tix at SpotlightOnDiversity.TheBoxSceneProject.org

Get a VIP ticket and maybe you’ll get a chance to see Dylan bust out some of these patented dance moves

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Look at him, though…

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Just…

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But Sean Maher isn’t just gorgeous, he’s incredibly talented, too! (x

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He played Simon Tam in the Whedon, cult-classic Firefly, alongside Gina Torrez and Nathan Fillion! BROWNCOATS FOREVER!

imageHe also lent his considerable talent to the role of Sean Beasley in The Playboy Club and used the platform he gained from playing the closeted character to come out publicly as gay. (x) (x)

imageSince coming out, Sean has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights and a tireless advocate for adoption by gay parents! He and his partner Paul adopted two adorable kids of their own! (x)(x)

imageSean has also graced the big screen in Joss Whedon’s screen version of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing (x

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and Serenity, Whedon’s movie adaptation of Firefly! 

imageAs if that isn’t enough, Sean’s the voice of Nightwing in the animated movie, Son of Batman! (x) NIIIIGHTWIIIIING!

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YOU CAN SEE SEAN TALK LGBT MEDIA REPRESENTATION WITH OTHER LGBT STARS ON AUGUST 17 IN LOS ANGELES AT 5PM AT SPOTLIGHT ON DIVERSITY! 

Learn more and get tix at SpotlightOnDiversity.TheBoxSceneProject.org

Get a VIP ticket and get the chance to meet him! We’ve already planned what we’re going to say…

Some Reassembly Required

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Hey everyone, this is my country, where gay sex is still constitutionally banned (though thankfully that law isn’t enforced). Whatever your point of view may be on this issue, I think it’s important to get all perspectives out there so that people can step into others’ shoes - and only then can we have meaningful dialogue.

On a personal note, Chris is a secondary school friend of mine and I support him fully. We went to an all-girls’ school - while he and I weren’t particularly close, I don’t imagine that it was easy. Now that we’re a little older and wiser, it’s time to share his story and let others know that they’re not alone.

Please donate if you can, but even if you can’t, a signal boost is also highly appreciated. Spread the word, thanks!