May 24, 2018
In an interview this week, Ian McKellen, the openly gay actor who has played such iconic roles as Gandalf and Magneto, unloaded on Hollywood for what he describes as its refusal to acknowledge the existence of gay people and minorities. …
Hollywood has consistently failed to admit “that there were gay people knocking around, even though half of Hollywood is gay,” he said. …
The Guardian notes that LGBT advocacy group GLAAD is calling for Hollywood to include gay characters in 50% of their mainstream films by 2024. According to the group, the current percentage is 12.8% [which McKellen is already saying is 50%]. According to recent Gallup surveys, around 4% of Americans identify as gay.