February 16, 2016 at 12:37 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Chiwetel Ejiofor says being gay is harder than being black in Hollywood
(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

(Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor says LGBT people have a harder time getting roles in Hollywood than African Americans do.

The actor, who played Solomon Northup in “12 years a Slave,” told The Times he thinks the LGBT community is at a disadvantage in the industry, PinkNews reports.

“I hope this changes, but I think it’s probably harder to be gay,” Ejiofor told The Times. “Sexuality is still marginalized in a way that is pretty open. I think it’s tough.”

Ejiofor, 38, continued he thought gay actors felt the need to hide their sexual orientation causing them to feel “less than” straight actors.

The actor said he had never felt discriminated against for his race in Hollywood since he was nominated for an Oscar in 2013.

He is currently filming his latest project “Doctor Strange” alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel McAdams.

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