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Jader Correa: ‘Film and television casting directors are homophobic’

Jader Correa: ‘Film and television casting directors are homophobic’

Jader Correa

I grew up in Belo Horizonte, the sixth largest city in Brazil.

My parents were poor but emphasized education for their children. I suffered bullying at school until the day that I fought back. Then I was no longer bothered.

I never hid my sexual orientation in the places I worked, and always demanded respect. As I did in school, I responded to bullying in the workplace with defiance, and the abuse stopped.

I currently work in a museum as a graphic designer.

I have respect for all colleagues. During our afternoon break, we talk about many topics. I speak freely about my 13-year relationship.

If there is any resistance when I speak, it is not explicit. As the partner of an employee, my companion is regularly invited to museum events.

My main career, as a stage actor, is my true passion. There is a reason why my work is limited to the stage: Film and television casting directors are homophobic and will only cast those people who hide their sexual orientation or only have come out to industry colleagues – not to the public. This is a widespread situation in show business.

Paradoxically, it is in the theater that I also encounter greater problems for being openly gay.

I receive many offers to play gay stereotype parts or women. I take them, because I know I am talented and this typecasting does not discourage me. I can play any type.

In fact, being gay can sometimes be an advantage; once I played a woman without anyone noticing it was a man acting. But being typecast on the stage is for me another type of bullying.

Luckily, I have been supported for the last 20 years by a producer-director colleague. He makes sure that I am given the opportunity to play male roles on stage. I am happy in my work, but I know perfectly well that my case is very rare.