Despite the presence of LGBTQ characters in many popular television series and movies, many Americans within the community continue to be underrepresented in pop culture.
According to a recent study published by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, only 2 percent of speaking characters across different forms of media are labeled as gay, lesbian, or bisexual.
Moreover, the majority of LGBTQ characters represented are characterized as white men, prompting a number of celebrities to speak out on the issues plaguing mainstream American culture.
“There’s a lot of pressure to be a certain way to keep your position, especially when you’ve already reached a state of fame,” explained acclaimed actor Evan Rachel Wood, who identified as bisexual and queer.
“I’m on a crusade to shatter misconceptions about the LGBT community,” the actor added.
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