LGBT members' archive
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Members’ Archive
Equity’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee (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. Emailed Equity’s Equality Organiser, Max Beckmann – email@example.com
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.
You may wish to include your thoughts on how easy/difficult it was for you to come ‘Out’ in your professional life, what your fears were, what your experience has been, whether you ever experienced homophobia or discrimination at work, what the benefits have been for you etc. We want to hear your story so that others can learn from your experience and make an informed decision, based on a shared collective experience, about whether or not to come ‘Out’ in their professional lives.
Equity supports its LGBT members to be themselves. It is hoped that Equity’s archive of personal testimonials will help those Equity members who may feel alone with their fears to feel part of a community of LGBT actors and creative practitioners.