March 13, 2018 at 4:35 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
British actor rejected from talent agency because they ‘already have a gay actor’

Joseph Segal (Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

British actor Joseph Segal’s rejection letter from a talent agency has gone viral for rejecting him because of his sexuality.

“Moreover, we already have a gay actor on our books and also a musician/actor of the same age, so we feel there would be a clash,” the email read.

Segal tweeted the letter captioned, “Today I received this email from an #agent I am hurt and frustrated. Are all #gayactors the same? Do we not get cast? Are there not enough roles for us? If you can take the time to #RETWEEET please do and spread awareness! #LGBT #actor #ActorsLife #TimesUp #casting @EquityUK”

Segal’s letter went viral and he received support from out actor Mark Gatiss and “Game of Thrones” star Tom Hopper.

After the letter went viral, the agency issued an apology.

“We offer our sincerest of apologies to you and anyone else who may have taken offense,” the letter reads. “We feel ashamed about it, so ashamed we feel unable to defend it.When choosing clients we look at all aspects the artist brings to the table and at no point should we have commented on your sexuality.”

Segal also reported that the agency has now shut down.

“Thank you for your support and response. The agency will close after a number of it’s clients leaving. This was an inexperienced agency, who I now know, was not a member of the necessary associations. Donations will be made to @LGBTfdn and @MindCharity. I have no further comment,” Segal tweeted.

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