"I Won't Pretend"
Following a survey of members in 2012, Equity’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee (LGBT) felt that LGBT professionals needed to feel more supported in the industry and launcheda 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 were distributed to green rooms in theatre, TV and film and can be downloaded here.
As part of the campaign, the LGBT Committee created 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 also called 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. We’d still like to hear from you.
With the launch of Play Fair – our new campaign asking employers to Play Fair on inclusive casting, monitoring, access and legal compliance, we want employers to enable LGBT members to be themselves whether auditioning for an LGBT or a heterosexual role, or working in a whole range of jobs in the industry, free from prejudice or discrimination.
The archive constitutes 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 continue to submit testimonials, Equity will be able to document an important social history, and build up an authentic picture of LGBT members’ experiences of working as professionals in the entertainment industry.
Please support our campaign by adding your own testimonial to the archive. Short comments can be added to the comment thread below but longer testimonials should be emailed to Equity’s Equality Organisers: Hamida Ali – firstname.lastname@example.org and Jo Welch - 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.
For more visit the LGBT's committee page.
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