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Equity Asks LGBT Performers About Homophobia

Equity, the union for actors and performers in the UK, will conduct a survey to ask LGBT performers about homophobia in the industry.

The Stage has the report:

A new Equity survey will ask gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender members a series of questions about working in the profession, including whether or not they are ?out?, what the positive or negative aspects of this have been and whether they have ever experienced homophobia in their careers.

Equity devised the survey after members of the union?s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee raised concerns that, contrary to common assumption, the industry is not one in which it is easy for performers to be open about their sexuality.

In particular, the committee believes some performers may not feel comfortable to be open about their sexuality in case it damages their careers or denies them certain casting opportunities.

Martin Brown, assistant general secretary for communications and membership support, told The Stage the survey was the first part of a campaign being developed by the union, aimed at helping performers ?feel strong enough to be out?.

Read the full report via THE STAGE