A survey of SAG-AFTRA members suggests that Hollywood isn’t as gay-friendly as some might think, with more than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual performers saying they have heard directors and producers make anti-gay comments about actors, reports Deadline.com.
The study, which was funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund and conducted by UCLA’s Williams Institute, found that more than one-third of respondents had seen “disrespectful treatment” of LGBT performers on the set, the story notes. One in eight non-LGBT actors said they had witnessed discrimination against LGBT performers.
“We found that LGBT performers may have substantial barriers to overcome in their search for jobs,” the study’s authors said.
Gay men were the most likely to report they had experienced discrimination, with one in five reporting some form of discrimination, the piece adds. Thirteen percent of lesbians said they had experienced some type of workplace discrimination.
“The study found that 9% of gay and lesbian respondents reported that they had been turned down for a role due to their sexual orientation, while 4% of bisexual respondents reported that they’d lost jobs because of their sexual orientation,” the story adds.