LOS ANGELES (September 27, 2013)—The proliferation of gay and transgender characters in films and television shows has not prevented gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender actors from experiencing discrimination in Hollywood, a new study suggests.
The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commissioned the survey released Friday showing that more than half of the actors who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender say they had experienced discrimination from directors and producers because of their sexual orientations and gender identities.
More than one-third of the actors who don't fall into any of those categories agreed the discrimination exists.
The online survey of 5,700 SAG/AFTRA members also found that more than half of the gay, transgender and bisexual respondents had heard producers and directors make anti-gay comments.
The Williams Institute, a think tank based at UCLA, conducted the study.