SAG-AFTRA Strongly Supporting LGBT Actors Amid Lingering Bias

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SAG-AFTRA leaders have unanimously issued a strongly worded pledge to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender actors in the wake of a study showing that discrimination persists on sets and casting rooms.

The survey, based on responses from over 5,600 union members, showed nearly half of lesbian and gay respondents and 27% of bisexual respondents “strongly agreed” that producers and studio execs believe that lesbian and gay performers are less marketable.

The report, issued at last week’s inaugural SAG-AFTRA convention, also found that over a third of LGBT performers — as well as some non-LGBT performers — had witnessed “disrespectful” treatment toward these minorities. And 16% of LGBT respondents reported they had experienced discrimination.

Delegates to the convention unanimously approved a resolution recognizing and supporting the union’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members and their rights to equal employment opportunity and discrimination-free workplaces.

“SAG-AFTRA has both the responsibility and the opportunity to take short, mid, and long-term action to achieve substantial improvements in equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all underrepresented groups, including our LGBT members,” part of the resolution read.

“This resolution unanimously passed by the convention delegates only reinforces what the study found: our membership community as a whole – regardless of sexual orientation – is aware of and sensitive to the issues SAG-AFTRA LGBT members face every day working in the entertainment industry,” said Traci Godfrey and Jason Stuart, co-chairs of the union’s LGBT committee. “Our members have witnessed discrimination and harassment of LGBT performers and they recognize it is a major issue.”

The resolution was submitted jointly by the union’s national officers, including President Ken Howard, Exec VP Gabrielle Carteris, Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, and VPs Clyde Kusatsu, Mike Hodge, Ilyssa Fradin, David Hartley-Margolin, Robert Newman, Catherine Brown and Dan Navarro.

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  1. David says:

    I have been working in Hollywood for about 20 years now, and I can honestly say I don’t remember one gig that didn’t have Gay people working on it, and I have never seen discrimination against them. (I have, however, been ostracized on set for being the only straight person. Once, I was even told that everyone is Bi, and claiming not to be makes me homophobic)

  2. peoplefalldown says:

    I’m just a consumer but if you support gays we will not support you. The movie industry is slowly losing its luster because of the bad choices it makes. Gay behavior is disgusting and to support it means you support disgusting behaviors.

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