Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is striking out at A-list Hollywood stars who remain in the closet.
The 42-year-old Milk screenwriter, who’s currently engaged to British diver Tom Daley, says that stars who won’t reveal their sexuality should just stay quiet altogether instead of falsely declaring that they’re straight.
Talking to Attitude, he says, “I have no respect for someone who lies about their sexuality. At the very least, say ‘no comment’, just keep your personal life personal. If you’re going to closet yourself, that sends a negative message.”
He also reserves his most potent ire for the agents and reps who persuade their star clients to stay closeted.
“I’ve never encountered homophobia in casting from the studios or networks,” he says, “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 Where you encounter it is with the agents and the managers, they’re the ones who have an outdated notion of the price an actor might pay if it’s discovered that they’re LGBTQ.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.”