September 29, 2013 at 8:24 pm EDT | by WBadmin
Study: gay bias persists for LGBT actors


The Screen Actors Guild Award. (Image courtesy SAG)

The Screen Actors Guild Award. (Image courtesy SAG)

A new study from SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), a labor union for the entertainment industry, found that despite more opportunities, LGBT actors say they still get routinely overlooked for parts, Variety reports.

The survey was based on responses from about 5,600 union members and shows nearly half of gay and lesbian respondents and 27 percent of bi respondents “strongly agreed” that producers and studio execs believe that lesbian and gay actors are less marketable, Variety reported. More than a third of those surveyed said they’d witnesses “disrespectful” treatment. About 16 percent reported experiencing discrimination.

The report by SAG-AFTRA and UCLA’s The Williams Institute found one-third of survey respondents believed that casting directors, directors and producers may be biased against LGBT performers. The survey, released Friday at the first-ever SAG-AFTRA convention, also showed more than half of LGBT performers had heard anti-gay comments on set, Variety reported.


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