Dustin Lance Black asks Hollywood stars to tell the truth about who they are

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The Oscar-winning screenwriter has touched the problems of LGBT community in his films. In part, he penned a drama series focusing on the LGBT rights movement, When We Rise. And he is openly gay himself, engaged to the UK Olympic diver Tom Daley. So, the problem of LGBT in Hollywood which he discussed with the journalists of Attitude magazine touches him personally.

“I have no respect for someone who lies about their sexuality. At the very least say ‘no comment,’ just keep your personal life personal. But if you’re going to closet yourself, that sends a negative message,” Lance said, “I’ve never encountered homophobia in casting from the studios or networks, not once, not ever. Where you encounter it is with the agents and the managers, they’re the ones who have an outdated notion of the price an actor might pay if it’s discovered that they’re LGBTQ…often they don’t want to see anything happen that might compromise their investment. I think they cripple their actors because they stunt the star’s ability to be open and honest, and an audience can feel that.”

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