Vito Russo Test

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Inspired by the Bechdel Test, GLAAD created a similar test to measure LGBT representation in film. It is named after Vito Russo, author of The Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in the Movies.

To pass the Vito Russo Test, a film must meet these three criteria[1]:

  • The film contains a character that is identifiably lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender.
  • That character must not be solely or predominantly defined by their sexual orientation or gender identity. I.E. they are made up of the same sort of unique character traits commonly used to differentiate straight characters from one another.
  • The LGBT character must be tied into the plot in such a way that their removal would have a significant effect. Meaning they are not there to simply provide colorful commentary, paint urban authenticity, or (perhaps most commonly) set up a punchline. The character should "matter."

References

  1. http://www.glaad.org/sri/2014/vitorusso


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