Gay ac­tors still suf­fer dis­crim­i­na­tion: study

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - EN­TER­TAIN­MENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES — 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.

The Screen Ac­tors Guild-Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of Tele­vi­sion and Ra­dio Artists com­mis­sioned the sur­vey re­leased Fri­day show­ing that more than half of the ac­tors who iden­tify as gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der say they think di­rec­tors and di­rec­tors and pro­duc­ers are bi­ased against them.

More than one-third of the ac­tors who don’t fall into any of those cat­e­gories agreed with that per­cep­tion.

The on­line sur­vey of 5,700 SAG/ AF­TRA mem­bers also found that more than half of the gay, trans­gen­der and bi­sex­ual re­spon­dents had heard pro­duc­ers and di­rec­tors make anti-gay com­ments.

The study was con­ducted by the Wil­liams In­sti­tute, a think-tank based at UCLA.

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