Unfortunately, its the same way in the STEM fields. Still too many homophobes, especially in management, despite the "nerdy-ness" appeal. Its been a very difficult balance between being gay and working any of this field, I can tell you from experience in STEM that I have been discriminated against more than once.
My first problem is that I started in STEM when I was still in the closet. My second problem is that I came out while starting to work in STEM fields. If I had to do it all over again, I would have done more research into "gay friendly work", but without computers or internet, that was just not possible. I should have picked the world of finance where all the gays are now. No sense in beating myself up now over the woulda coulda.
Much like Matt Damon's suggestion for Hollywood, I would suggest the same if there're any RJ gay people, especially young gay men, that are thinking of a career in the STEM fields. Advertisement or marketing the STEM fields to the gay community is very weak or non existent for a reason. Be careful what you choose to do for a living if you "know" for sure you are a homosexual and coming out. Otherwise and unfortunately, staying in the closet is recommended if you value this career. I learned from the school of hard knocks and homophobia in STEM continues to be a problem for me.
I totally understand Hollywood especially from the "McCarthyism" perspective
STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science[note 1], technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. It has implications for workforce development, national security concerns and immigration policy. The acronym arose in common use shortly after an interagency meeting on science education held at the US National Science Foundation chaired by the then NSF director Rita Colwell. A director from the Office of Science division of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists suggested the change from the older acronym SMET to STEM. Dr. Colwell, expressing some dislike for the older acronym, responded by suggesting NSF to institute the change. One of the first NSF projects to use the acronym was STEMTEC, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Teacher Education Collaborative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which was funded in 1997
In the United States, the acronym began to be used in education and immigration debates in initiatives to begin to address the perceived lack of qualified candidates for high-tech jobs. It also addresses concern that the subjects are often taught in isolation, instead of as an integrated curriculum. Maintaining a citizenry that is well versed in the STEM fields is a key portion of the public education agenda of the United States. The acronym has been widely used in the immigration debate regarding access to United States work visas for immigrants who are skilled in these fields. This version of the term is accredited to Texas. It has also become commonplace in education discussions as a reference to the shortage of skilled workers and inadequate education in these areas.
Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America have announced the roll out of an awards program in the spring of 2012 to promote more interest and involvement in the STEM disciplines. The NOVA and SUPERNOVA awards are available to Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venturers as they complete specific requirements appropriate to their program level in each of the four main STEM program areas: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.