Study finds Hollywood still discriminates against LGBTI
Despite a surge in recent years of LGBTI characters on screen, a new study commissioned by the Screen Actors Guild has suggested LGBTI people still experience discrimination in Hollywood.
The study found more than half of the actors who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender think directors and producers are biased against them. Gay men reported the most discrimination, with about one-fifth saying they had been discriminated against.
The online survey of nearly 5,700 SAG/AFTRA members also found that more than half of the gay, transgender and bisexual respondents had heard producers and directors make anti-gay comments while working on-set.
Of the 5,692 participants, 465 identified as gay men, 61 as lesbians, and seven as transgender. Another 301 men and women described themselves as bisexual.
"The survey results show both progress and indications that more work will be necessary to make the workplace an equal and fully welcoming place for LGBT performers," commented M. V. Lee Badgett, a professor affiliated with the UCLA institute who conducted the study.
"The good news is that almost no one thought that opportunities for LGBT actors were getting worse."