A survey of gay actors in the United Kingdom reveals some surprising statistics about who's out where and to whom.
According to the results of a new survey conducted by Equity in the U.K. (published on The Stage), 81% of gay performers across the pond are out in their professional life and 94% are open to their fellow performers. One third said they had experienced some form on homophobia in the workplace.
Interestingly, among those surveyed, only 57% said they were out to their agent.
Max Beckmann, Equity equalities officer, praised some of the results, saying, "The finding that 81% of survey respondents are out in their professional lives and that 73% found the decision to be out easy is hugely encouraging and suggests an industry in which it is safe to be out."
One of the reasons for the survey, according to Equity spokesman Martin Brown, was to encourage performers to be open about their sexuality.