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LGBT Actors See Progress, But Discrimination Persists


By Josh Dickey

Workplace opportunities and conditions are improving for LGBT actors, but they still face significant discrimination — with about a third saying they believe directors and producers hold bias against them, according to a new study by UCLA and SAG-AFTRA.

Also among the findings:

>> More than a third of LGBT performers say theyve witnessed disrespectful treatment.

>> Sixteen perecent said they have experienced discrimination first-hand.

>> Gender nonconforming men and men who were out professionally were the most likely to experience discrimination.

>> Almost half of gay and lesbian respondents strongly agreed that producers and studio executives thing they are less marketable, and nearly 10 percent said theyd been turned down for a role due to their sexual orientation.

The study, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Diversity in Entertainment: Experiences and Perspectives of SAG-AFTRA Members, was conducted by UCLAs The Williams Institute and SAG-AFTRA.

The results were revealed Friday amid the guilds inaugural convention in downtown Los Angeles.

Also read: SAG-AFTRA Ready for Its Close-Up With First Combined Convention

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