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9 LGBT characters used to make a point
Tom Hanks, "Philadelphia" (1993)
“Philadelphia” is a well-made film about how a gay man teaches a homophobic lawyer about tolerance! (That gay man, played by Tom Hanks, also teaches that homophobic lawyer, played by Denzel Washington, about how AIDS is and is not transmitted … in 1993.) It’s probably a net good that this movie exists, but one hopes (and doesn’t expect) that the 2013 version might feature the gay man as its actual protagonist, and make his journey toward justice the film’s central one, rather than his existence as a vehicle to teach tolerance.