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UK survey: 81% of actors ‘open about sexuality’

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  1. Paula Thomas 26 Jan 2012, 11:36am

    But here is the problem: How do we know that all the actors who aren’t out would be out in a survey like this?

    1. Sister Goodlove 26 Jan 2012, 11:57am

      Precisely. This is self-volunteered information.

  2. Every working actors knows that in or out Agents and Casting Directors cannot see past the GAY label – so not many unknown openly gay actors get a chance to play hetros anyway – It’s all to do with celebrity and personal publicity – If the audience know too much about an actors personal life – it is harder to see them in a another persona – so we are told.

    1. Which is why is it so important for the openly gay actors who are out and successful (and there are several – especially in theatre and TV) to start naming those casting agents and directors who encourage them to stay in the closet.

      Those casting agents and directors who insist on actors remaining closeted need to be driven from the industry.

      1. Absolutely, @dAVID. Couldn’t agree more.

  3. I’m assuming that this was a survey of gay actors, rather than just of actors in general. I mean, I know the theatre attracts gay people, but I very much doubt that anything like 81% of actors are gay.

    Though if they are then maybe I should hang around theatres more often…

    1. I was appauled by the quality of the writing in the article. laziness ha lead to it being meaningless

  4. Of course they are – acting is one of the gayest professions on earth.

    It’s only when an actor starts achieving success (which most actors never do) that they slink back to their closets like the opportunists they are.

    Which is entirely their own business.

    However I believe in full equality. Therefore if it is appropriate for a stripper to do a kiss and tell about a footballer, I regard kiss and tells about closeted gay actors equally acceptable.

    Kiss and tells are nasty for those people being exposed. BUt there cannot be double standards. It is not the job of the press to protect the closet of an openly gay actor who pretends to be straight for financial purposes.

    Not all actors are are fiercely heterosexual as John Travolta; Kevin Spacey; Jodie Foster; Queen Latifah; Hugh Jackman; Tom Cruise etc.

    1. I didn’t realise Jodie Foster was fiercely Hetero! Everything I have read says she is lesbian!

      1. Mickie, I think dAVID was being ironic about these actors being fiercely heterosexual because they are all actors who are often rumoured to be homosexual in the gossip media.

    2. Rashid Karapiet 27 Jan 2012, 10:13am

      Gossip, gossip, gossip – Wtf does it matter – gay, straight, dog-lover, sheepshank – If an agent refuses a client simply because s/he is gay, there are non-discrimination laws to deal with them – so let’s stop all this bitching and get on with the real issues such as bullying in schools, often encouraged by ignorant teachers or, worse, encouraged by them.

  5. Is this only UK actors? I reckon the stats would be slightly different in hollywood.

  6. I can remember reading about John Barrowman being told not to tell people he was gay. He told them to stuff it. The worst thing was was the guy telling this was gay himself!

    John has never denied he was gay and it never did him any harm. And that was well before Doctor Who.

    Frankly I agree that to stay in the closet for your career is foolish. I stayed in the closet for a long time because of where I live and it crushed me. Staying in the closet almost destroyed me and my life!

    We don’t expect straights to hide who they are so why should we!

  7. Am I going to be the first to say it? It’s called ACTING.

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