Despite Hollywood’s liberal reputation, it seems there still is some deep seeded homophobia in Tinseltown. A study conducted by UCLA’s own LGBT think tank, the William’s Institute, has found that most queer actors have faced some discrimination.
The results of a 2012 survey of 5,700 SAG-AFTRA members show that over half of LGBT actors “have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors” and “53% of LGBT respondents believed that directors and producers are biased against LGBT performers in hiring.”
According to the study of gay Hollywood, “gay men were the most likely to report they have experienced some form of discrimination, with one in five reporting an experience. Bisexual actors were about half as likely to report discrimination as gay or lesbian actors. Gender nonconforming gay and bisexual men were more likely to experience discrimination, as were men who were out professionally.”
While this all seems bleak, there was some good news for gay Hollywood. The survey found that “among lesbian and gay respondents who were out, 72% said it had no effect on their careers, and many would encourage other LGBT performers to come out.”
Read the study in its entirety here.
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