Hollywood Sucks At Depicting LGBT Characters Onscreen

  • According to a study released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, only 17 of 102 films released by Hollywood’s seven largest studios during 2013 depicted gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans characters. Those characters were mostly minor roles and ones which portrayed the sexual orienation negatively. Of the films which did portray LGBT folks, they were more than twice as likely to portray gay male characters than lesbian or bisexual ones. So, you’ve got more work to do, Hollywood. (P.S. “Brokeback Mountain” obviously didn’t come out in 2013, but I couldn’t resist and excuse to post a pic of the hot Heath/Jake kiss.) [GLAAD.org via IndieWire]
  • Just as everyone predicted, Debra Harrell — the South Carolina mom who was arrested for letting her nine-year-old play in a nearby park while she was at work — has lost her job at McDonald’s. So, to recap: mother who doesn’t have affordable childcare options leaves child in a park while she goes to her job, gets arrested for leaving child in the park, and loses job. What a country. [Jezebel]
  • The New York Times checks back in with Hobart & William Smith, the university it profiled as failing a student rape victim. [NYTimes]
  • Nigeria received a $15 million grant from Norway to reduce maternal and child mortality. [Ms. Magazine]
  • What you need to know about the Life At Conception Act, a bill that could outlaw both abortion and in-vitro fertilization. [Cosmopolitan]
  • Meet Shanley Kane, publisher of Model View Culture, an online magazine about tech, culture and diversity. [Medium]
  • Sixteen empowering books for teenage Black girls. [For Harriet]

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