Not everyone was thrilled when Walt Disney Studios included a gay character in last year’s live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast,” but for LGBT activists that was only the beginning.

GLAAD has released its sixth annual Studio Responsibility Index, analyzing the seven top-grossing studios for positive representations of gay and transgender characters in last year’s releases.

The report condemned Hollywood for a year-to-year decline in LGBT representation on the big screen, and some of the biggest offenders were children’s movies and film adaptations of comic books.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, insisted that Hollywood has a “social responsibility” to tell stories about the LGBT community.

“On screen, record-breaking films like Black Panther and Wonder Woman prove that not only does inclusion make for great stories — inclusion is good for the bottom line,” Ms. Ellis wrote in the report. “It is time for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) stories to be included in this conversation and this movement.”

– The Washington Times – Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Photo by: Christophe Ena
In this Feb. 20, 2017, file photo, actor Josh Gad, left, who plays manservant LeFou and Luke Evans who plays villain Gaston, pose during a promotional event for the movie “Beauty and the Beast” in Paris. Walt Disney has shelved the release of its new movie “Beauty and the Beast” in mainly Muslim Malaysia, even though film censors said Tuesday, March 14, 2017, it had been approved with a minor cut involving a “gay moment” between two characters in the film. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)