Will disclosing you're gay really damage your career?

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    May 31, 2012 10:45 PM GMT
    Hi all

    I need your thoughts :

    http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/06/gay-actors-fear-coming-out?cat=world&type=article
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    Jun 01, 2012 12:33 AM GMT
    If you're an actor/singer/celebrity, coming out will affect your career now a hell of a lot less than 10,20,30 years ago. Especially now in the last 2-3 years when gay rights are such an extremely present issue.

    That being said, actors are products. They are marketed by the people who produce products. They sell their image as much as their films (especially up and coming young actors whose purpose is to lure the teen demographic pretty much solely based on their looks). If a young hot male actor is being groomed as eye candy for girls to fantasize about, then yes it could potentially affect his career if he comes out saying "sorry girls, the thought of me passionately making out with any of you revolts me because I like taking cock up my ass".
    If a smoking hot young actress came out as a lesbian I envision it wouldn't affect her as much since guys would just be fapping more to that fantasy.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    There are still bastions of homophobes in HWood! Trust me, I KNOW!icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    Many of my clients wouldn't want to work with a fag.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    swimguychicago saidMany of my clients wouldn't want to work with a fag.


    Sad but true...we must have some of the same clients. icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    malefeet said
    swimguychicago saidMany of my clients wouldn't want to work with a fag.


    Sad but true...we must have some of the same clients. icon_sad.gif


    Maybe. What do you do?
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    Well, the reign of the Homophobes is almost over. Gay events are in the news all the time. Gays are in TV programs. We are making political gains. It's only a matter of time. They know it and are scared.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:16 AM GMT
    I work in law enforcement and do security work so I thought coming out would be a very bad idea. After working a while and getting to know my coworkers I decided to come out. Almost everyone is very suportive and don't really care at all. There are still some peopl who have a problem with it so I just ignore them.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    I think it depends on your job.
  • waccamatt

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    Jun 01, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    So far, so good. I'm interviewing for a promotion at work tomorrow so I guess we'll see. I've been out where I work for the entire 18 years I've been there, though.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    Not at all. Fortunately my job offers LGBT business resource groups.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    swimguychicago said
    malefeet said
    swimguychicago saidMany of my clients wouldn't want to work with a fag.


    Sad but true...we must have some of the same clients. icon_sad.gif


    Maybe. What do you do?


    I was only joking. For the past 7+ years I have been my own boss, however when I worked for the state of Nevada I was put through hell when my boss and co-workers discovered that I was gay.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:32 AM GMT
    It could.

    I don't give a Fuck.


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    Jun 01, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    swimguychicago saidMany of my clients wouldn't want to work with a fag.


    Many FAGS wouldn't wanna work with YOU.

    David Geffin.

    Calvin Klein

    Are you outta yer mind dude???

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    Jun 01, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    If it does, you are working in the wrong company. For me, it hasn't affected me at all, granted I'm not in the 'real' work force yet but in terms of past employment and my current internship, being gay hasn't implicated anything.

    @swimguy

    Seriously dude? You're an closeted prick. Go fuck yourself.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    The world is what you make of it. I personally would prefer to get a job where the Higher Ups respect diversity and enable their employees to be fulfilled in all they do personally and professionally. I don't have that, being stuck in the time warped area of the South, and working for a Walmart created/contracted company; but when I find it I will give it my ALL, so homosexual feel they have another professional option other than Hairstylist or Broadway as the only place to find solace for whom they really are.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    ironically, i work at an auto race complex in the South and nobody gives a shit.
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    Jun 01, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    It may damage an acting career in the beginning, but it will get better (or even great) if you stand up for yourself and don't act cowardly about it.
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:04 AM GMT
    Probably easier for a gay actor in comedy or in the local or broadway theater circuit (could even be beneficial) but could be trouble for a high profile dramatic TV or screen actor.

    As for business, could be trouble still. My last employer was high profile and early to offer domestic partnership benefits, yet homophobic tendencies ran through management such that I learned that str8s in my position, especially ones with kids, were paid as much or more than me even though I was a multi-award winner and these other guys didn't do shit.

    I had trouble caring as much about my work when I learned that, They lost a good man.
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:11 AM GMT
    hmmm don't think so. The CEO and the 2nd largest shareholders in the company I work for know I'm gay. In fact, I'm friends with them. So I feel pretty secure there icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 01, 2012 3:21 AM GMT
    In biglaw and finance, the gays are everywhere now. It was an issue 20 years ago, and held back my career a great deal. Now, it's not so much of an issue.

    I just came back from a meeting where the senior representative of a huge financial institution turned out to be the spouse of an old friend of mine. It was quite a surprise. The accidental gay connection gave me an in that made me look very good in front of my more senior partners. Just an example.....