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LGBT actors perceive bias

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LOS ANGELES -- A new study suggests 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.

The Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists commissioned the survey. It found more than half of the actors who identify as gay, bisexual and transgender think directors and producers are biased against them.

More than one-third of the actors who don't fall into those categories agreed with that perception.

Only 16 per cent of the gay, bisexual and transgender respondents, however, said they had experienced discrimination. Gay men reported the most, with about one-fifth saying they had been discriminated against.

The online survey of nearly 5,700 SAG/AFTRA members also found more than half of the gay, transgender and bisexual respondents had heard producers and directors make anti-gay comments while working on-set.

The performers' union said it pursued the first-of-its-kind research at the request of a committee that represents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members.

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 30, 2013 D3

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