New SAG-AFTRA Study Shows Challenges For LGBT Actors

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Hollywood actors have said they are suffering continued discrimination just for being LGBT.

Much has changed but bias still remains a problem, with more than half of LGBT performers reporting having heard anti-LGBT comments on set.

A new study suggests the proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood.

Conducted by the SAG-AFTRA union, which represents some 160,000 film and TV actors, the survey analysed the views of around 5,700 respondents, 15% of whom identified themselves as LGBT.

The study, four years in the making and performed by UCLA Law School’s Williams Institute on behalf of SAG-AFTRA, produced a series of statistics reflecting working conditions and professional outcomes for LGBT performers. Among the findings…

  • 53 percent of LGBT respondents believed that directors and producers are biased against LGBT performers in hiring.
  • More than half of LGBT performers had heard anti-LGBT comments on set.
  • 72% of lesbian and gay actors said coming out had no effect they were aware of on their careers.

SAG-AFTRA chief administrative officer and general counsel Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said that the union will now develop an action plan based on the findings from the study.

Source - Sag Gay study breakdown via THR

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