A survey conducted by Equity investigating whether it is safe to be ?out? in the entertainment industry reveals that
Equity has the survey:
The survey, which was undertaken in the Autumn of 2011 by Equity’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender Committee, was open to any Equity member and the majority of the respondents were performers.
The key findings are:
?81% are out in their professional lives
?94% are honest about their sexuality to their fellow performers
?57% are not open about their sexuality to their agent
?35% have experienced homophobia in their profesional lives.
Max Beckmann, Equity’s Equalities Officer, commented: “The findings that 81% of survey respondents are out in their professional lives and that 73% found the decision to be out easy is hugely encouraging and suggests an industry in which it is safe to be out. What is truubling is the finding that only 75% of respondents are out to their agents and it is particularly concerning that 35% of respondents have experienced homophobia in their professional lives. This goes some way to explaining why many respondents say they weigh up whether or not to come out on a job by job basis and while not hiding their orientation often do not ‘broadcast it’ “.
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