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Actors not sure coming out is worth it

Actors not sure coming out is worth it

A recent poll showed gay actors are not sure coming out has a positive impact on their careers.

The poll, as reported by the Guardian, was sponsored by the actors union Equity. Although there are a number of successful out gay actors, only 57 percent of those surveyed thought they could share their sexuality with agents.

'A previous agent of mine once told me to keep quiet about my sexuality and though I am out, I do not broadcast it,' one unnamed actor said to the trade paper the Stage.

More than half of the actors voiced concerns of only being offered stereotypical roles or not getting romantic leads. Despite these worries, 81 percent said they were out at work and 94 noted their co-performers knew about their sexuality.

Approximately a year ago, English actor Rupert Everett made headlines by noting his career has been hampered because he came out in his 20s.

'The fact is that you could not be, and still cannot be, a 25-year-old homosexual trying to make it in the British film business or the American film business or even the Italian film business. It just doesn't work and you're going to hit a brick wall at some point. You're going to manage to make it roll for a certain amount of time, but at the first sign of failure they'll cut you right off. And I'm sick of saying, 'Yes, it's probably my own fault.' Because I've always tried to make it work and when it stops working somewhere, I try to make it work somewhere else. But the fact of the matter is, and I don't care who disagrees, it doesn't work if you're gay.'

Richard Chamberlain, an American actor known for his performance in the television movie The Thorn Birds, made a similar argument in an interview with the gay news magazine the Advocate.

'For an actor to be working (at all) is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren't. So it's just silly for a working actor to say, 'Oh, I don't care if anybody knows I'm gay' – especially if you're a leading man.'