LGBT

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

FIA is developing its work in relation to the challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender performers. Strongly rooted in the wider labour movement, FIA supports the rights of all performers, regardless of age, sexual orientation and identification, or disability. FIA urges those within the industry to recognize the diversity of performers, which in turn is a reflection of the diversity of modern societies.

In 2011, FIA formed the LGBT working group to pursue research on what discrimination existed for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender performers. In 2012, at the Toronto Congress, FIA committed to organise though affiliates a survey with as many countries as able to participate. The LGBT working group presented the results of the FIA Global Study on LGBT Discrimination at the Sao Paulo Congress in 2016. In total FIA received 10.021 responses in 5 different languages. The survey results show that discrimination against LGBT people is still a reality in the entertainment industry. Indeed, despite the general assumption that our industry is a tolerant one, discriminatory practices - especially during casting process - still happen. Producers often justify those practices by referring to their right to artistic freedom. The survey also shows that incidents of harassment in the job are alarmingly high. If you wish to learn more about the study, you can watch this video. The next steps consist in collecting additional responses from performers in Africa and Latin America and of course to work on the ways to address this issue and better protect LGBT performers.