Ask Neil Patrick Harris about his career, and he probably couldn't be happier. Turn to Rupert Everett and he might have some animosity with the way his career has gone as an openly gay actor. After the jump, learn what the U.K. Actors' Equity is doing to make things easier for LGBT union members.
A new Equity survey will ask gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender union members a series of questions about working in the acting profession, such as whether they are out, the positive and negative aspects of being out or not and whether they have ever experienced homophobia in their careers.
"Equity devised the survey after members of the union’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee raised concerns that, contrary to common assumption, the industry is not one in which it is easy for performers to be open about their sexuality," according to The Stage News UK.
Union members can go on Equity's site and take the survey, which is available until the end of the year. The results should be available early 2012.
But aren't there more factors involved than simply whether an actor is gay and if he or she is open about it? For instance, an actor who is normally cast as a goofy sidekick might run a lower risk of having his career affected then the romantic leading man, no? Or, talent and attitude could be taken into account. If Meryl Streep came out as a lesbian, could you imagine her being pushed out of Hollywood?
Either way, it might not be a bad idea to share this survey with the U.S. Actors' Equity.
(UPDATED: At the request of U.K. Actors' Equity, their logo has been removed)