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"I Won't Pretend"

Following a recent survey of members, Equity’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee (LGBT) felt that LGBT professionals needed to feel more supported in the industry and is now launching a campaign featuring a number of performers who believe their working lives have benefited from coming out. You can read more about it here

Campaign posters will be distributed to green rooms in theatre, TV and film and can be downloaded here.

As part of the campaign, the LGBT Committee is creating an online archive to document the experiences of LGBT Equity members who are ‘Out’ in their professional lives, in that they are open about their sexual orientation and/or transgender identity within a professional context.

The LGBT Committee is calling on LGBT Equity members to submit personal testimonials to the archive about their experiences of being ‘Out’ LGBT performers or creative practitioners working in the entertainment industry. 

Equity’s archive of testimonials will enable LGBT Equity members to share their experiences of being ‘Out’ in their professional lives with other Equity members.  Importantly, it will also constitute a valuable resource for those LGBT Equity members who are not ‘Out’ in their professional lives but may be considering the pro’s and con’s of coming ‘Out’.  If enough members submit testimonials, Equity will be able to document an important social history and build up a good picture of how it is to be an‘Out’ LGBT professional working in the entertainment industry.

Please support our campaign by adding your testimonial to the archive. Short comments can be added to the comment thread below but longer testimonials should be emailed to Equity’s Equality Organiser, Max Beckmann – mbeckmann@equity.org.uk

Testimonials will be published on the Equity website and will be used to support Equity’s campaign for the rights and dignity of LGBT members at work.

For more information visit the LGBT's committee page.

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My experiences

Name: Charlie Frost

Date: 24 December 2014

I'm gay, and I've never consciously hidden it. There have been times when I'm chatting about my partner and crew members ask about her, and without thinking twice I correct them, carry on, and with no backlash or awkwardness. There have been times when I've heard homophobic slurs (generally aimed at straight people) and I'll point out I'm gay, and that their slur is quite unpleasant.

My experience of homophobia in the industry has been relatively positive, and I do believe the entertainment industry is ahead of the game in workplaces battling equality issues. It does have room to improve though. You can't imagine racist slurs or other minorities being insulted in the same way on set.

Perhaps if LGBTQ people were represented more truthfully in the work we act in/write/produce that would help the issues, as opposed to the heteronormative views of these people which is often portrayed.

In my opinion if more people are open and honest then the LGBTQ 'issue' will be normalised and less sensational. It's also important to me as a performer not to have issues on my mind when I'm trying to act - it makes my job much easier being open and happy in the workplace.

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Bret Easton Ellis - Homophobic - Casting of Christian Grey

Name: Charlotte Moore

Date: 10 August 2012

Mister Bomer is either a capable actor or he isn't therefore this man's opinions (Bret Easton Ellis) are worthless, What on earth has anyone's actual sexuality got to do with anything? He will be playing a role to which he is obviously very suited. Hopefully, when the film is complete he will, like every other actor, cease to be his character. it's insulting to audiences too btw as it implies that we can't tell the difference between reality and fiction.

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Neighbours Channel 5 UK

Name: Ruby Diamond

Date: 09 May 2012

A friend tells me that in a recent show two young gay males were seen dancing together in the background of a scene. Interesting that being gay has not been sensationalised on this programme, (I assume) but they are happy to show it as normal to a family audience in the early evening. (I don't watch soaps, so put me right if I'm wrong!). Keep up the good work FreeMantle Media!

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