The Oscars, media diversity, and can LGBTQ+ people get paid?

LGBTQ people in the film industry should be represented and rewarded financially…

The Queerness

As the debate about the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations intensifies,  Marcus Stow asks, can LGBTQ+ people get paid for telling our own stories?

The debate around this year’s Oscar Nominations and their complete lack of diversity has intensified,  driven by the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag created by @ReignOfApril on Twitter and culminating in numerous media columns and ill-advised celebrity comment. Yet again, despite Hollywood’s reputation as “liberal”,  the nominations failed to reflect the diversity of the people buying cinema tickets, and in recent days the conversation has shifted to representation of LGBTQ+ people, with Ian McKellen asking “Why has no openly gay man ever won the best actor Oscar?”

Despite a rather narrow view of diversity being limited to gay men, he has a point. The notoriously aged, white and male Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have a habit of overlooking people of colour, out LGBTQ+ actors, let alone…

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