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During Outfest, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, on Sunday, attendees of the Director's Guild panel Taking It to the Streets: LGBT Directors Get Political received surprising advice contrary to the essence of the event.

Panelist and three-time Emmy winning director Todd Holland advised young, gay male actors to hide their sexuality.

The Larry Sanders Show director, who is openly gay, explained that it was a necessary career choice to succeed in Hollywood.

NOT TRUE!

Fellow panelist and filmmaker Kirby Dick, disputed the argument by labeling it as regressive.

Dick, who is straight, believes that if "an A-list actor came out, it would have more impact on the culture than an A-list politician." He would know, as he directed Outrage, a 2009 documentary about gay politicians who stay in the closet to further their political careers.

Holland defending his position claiming realism, but it brought up a persistent worry in the entertainment industry where major players live in the closet to ensure a "successful" career.

"This stuff doesn't just extend to actors," said an audience member. "We've been told, as gay filmmakers, not tell queer stories or else we'll get pigeonholed."

Sad.

"What kind of message is that for an older gay filmmaker to send to young gay filmmakers? It's the kind of thing that will keep people in the closet," said another attendee.

Outfest's slogan is: "protecting our past, showcasing our present, nurturing our future,"

Well, our future is looking grey and sad if we're encouraging our own to remain closeted!

Visibility is key!

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73 comments to “Gay Filmmaker Tells Gay Youth To Stay In The Closet!”



  1. 1

    "Gay Hollywood" I love this self hating idiots. They LOVE to pretend that Hollywood is so much more difficult than the real world. I'm sorry, but no gay actor is going to get worse treatment than some guy who comes out as gay while working in a used car dealer's lot in Sylina Kansas, or a broker in NYC who comes out in that macho culture, or a factory worker in Pittsburgh. They need to get over it. The closet gives us newtered half persons like David Hyde Pierce and Kevin Spacey.

    If this guy is saying that gays are discriminated in Hollywood, fine then the Govt. needs to go after the studios that have policies of not hiring gays and enforcing the Ca. non discriniation laws.



  2. 2

    I juzt don't undereffenstand
    y people
    r bothered
    about otherz
    sexualitiez…



  3. 3

    Very sad indeed.



  4. 4

    We all should come out… even the straight ones!



  5. 5

    Many celebs have even become more famous just for coming out. You think Adam Lambert is going to have a hard time making that album because he is out?



  6. 6

    good.. stay in your closets.. i dont need that trash ruining my movies..

  7. Pepa says – reply to this


    7

    Perez you fucking dumb ass. It is wise to keep yourself closeted in order to move ahead. No matter what people are still closed minded. You gotta do what you think will be the key to success. Perez you are such an asshole!



  8. 8

    I think this statement is so 1990, times have changed! Give me HOMOS!



  9. 9

    A lot of gay actors can still act straight if the role requires it…There should be no reason to hide your sexuality. Plus, Hollywood is one of the gayest places on earth haha it's stupid how they discriminate



  10. 10

    People should have a right to their opinions, no matter what some fat, z-list blogger says. Fatboy doesn't speak for the gay community.



  11. 11

    I AGREE!!!!!!!



  12. 12

    I'm confused. What does this have to do with Wentworth Miller? Wishful thinking?



  13. 13


  14. 14

    Still don't know why people care so much if the guy is straight or gay, as long they are good in show buss. should be good enough!



  15. 15

    What's sad, Perez, is the way you have repeatedly made light of gay celebrities, or even celebrities who aren't gay. You have repeatedly called L.Lohan, "LEZlo", and her girlfriend, "saMAN"…face it Perez, YOU are part of the problem that causes homosexual actors to stay in the closet.
    YOU are an a**hole and you should repent for the way you have treated gay celebrities. TERRIBLE.



  16. 16

    i dont get why it matters if someone is gay, quite honestly. but in all honesty, celebrities ARE encouraged to stay in the closet. if zac efron or rob pattinson was openly gay, they couldn't market him as the next big heartthrob for little girls, and uptight non-tolerating people would have issues. of course, its just acting, so i dont get why it matters. look at NPH, coming out was the best thing for him, hes a huge surge in his career ever since. i say lets all be happy about who we are and stop giving a shit who people like to fuck.



  17. 17

    I guess I'll never understand why someones sexuality is such a big deal to people .. to each their own



  18. 18

    Why people choose to define themselves solely based on where they choose to put their sexual organs is beyond me…



  19. 19

    It is SAD BUT, what i wanna know is are thouse guys on the picture gay????????



  20. 20

    Perez, coming out of the closet for an A-lister would probably ruin his/her career. Period. Stop debating this. Also, it's not up to you to out them. It's NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. Stop bullying people.



  21. 21

    I wish this wasn't an issue. It's totally stupid. Straight actors play gay characters all the time and it doesn't hurt their career. Why shouldn't gay actors be able to be openly gay and still play any role? Why does people's sexuality have to be an issue?



  22. 22

    If the older Hollywood and A-list actors won't "come out" - then why dash the hopes of someone who is gay by lying to them? Let them become A-list THEN come out and pave the way for others. If the "big wigs" aren't willing to have a voice, then why force it on others who won't even get the chance to eventually use it?



  23. 23

    …why is someone's sexual orientation of any interest?



  24. 24

    Re: Spindoc If you are going to be sensationalist - you should probably get the name of SALINA Kansas right… of course, as usual - you get the facts wrong to make a point.



  25. 25

    Re: idevennRe: SheriMoonFireFly – …you both said it better. How do I delete my post?



  26. 26

    THESE ADS ARE TOO MUCH!

    HARD TO READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  27. 27

    Re: perezishomophobic – Couldn't have said it better myself! Thank you!



  28. 28

    Re: perezishomophobic – Touche! Excellent point!

  29. Pepa says – reply to this


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    Re: perezishomophobic – you are SO DAM RIGHT! PEREZ/MARIO/ALBINO GORILLA… you are nothing but a piece of SHIT/MIERDA!



  30. 30

    let's face it the guy is absolutely right
    they should stay out of the closet because it will make roles for them more restricted to drama musicals or maybe comedy
    could you ever see a gay action star?? isn't it why prison break is no longer huge in the ratings? having a gay guy as an action star won't be credible
    i'm not against gay people, this is how they were born and God bless them, but it won't work to their advantage if they wanna be versatile actors
    look at every gay actor for proof



  31. 31

    Perez is a moron.



  32. 32

    I don't think it has anything to do with sexuality. I think it has everything to do with privacy. If being gay is not a big deal, why try to "out" people, all to profit off it? But it's a story everytime somebody does come out of the closet. The fact is, it's still a big deal. It's a bigger deal than the color of your skin. I think homosexuality is gross. I'm sorry if that offends you. Your business is not my business. I wouldn't mind if people like yourself didn't try to force feed it to me. Respectfully, I'm entitled to my opinions. I love R.E.M., but I don't want to see Michael Stipe and all his lovers half naked in the shower. I would never hate on Michael Stipe. But I believe R.E.M. is going to remembered for the gay singer than all the good albums. Obviously, it's still a big deal. People are NOT MATURE enough to handle it. How many people still use the term "gay" meaning something is "stupid". Happens all the time. How many people around are trying to prove how straight they are?

    Gay people are entitled to their rights, but if you're looking for acceptance, it might be a good 50-100 years still until that happens….why don't you get pissed off at Jesus every so often?



  33. 33

    Re: perezishomophobic – Here here.



  34. 34

    There are worser things happening in the world. I could honestly not give a f$%k. And whoever those two are in the photos, I would straight up f%^k them, shove em back in the closet and leave.



  35. 35

    totally common sense. if this cat that is in show business KNOWS that coming out would hurt your career, then he is probably right. Sad but true. you have to take it for what it is. gay actors coming out of the closet will surely help the gay community gain strength, but at the same time hurt their career. let's see….benefit you by coming out?….or benefit $$$$ himself by staying in??????



  36. 36

    My Perezcious provides a valuable service to the gay community by instantly recognizing who is gay and INSISTING that they come out of the closet or suffer his ridicule!



  37. 37

    personally actors dont need to share their personal info because it over shadows their career. And singers. So they should stfu.

  38. buck says – reply to this


    38

    Thats great advice…we don't really need to know or care where one puts his dick, unless of course you are some closet pervert which i'm beginning to think is the case with Perez.



  39. 39

    IF YOUR IN THE CLOSET PEREZ WILL KICK THE DOORS DOWN.I SAY BE LIKE BRUNO LEADER OF ALL GAYS.BE TRUE TO THYSELF!!!!!!!!



  40. 40

    So sick of America and how they Sensationalize everything.. Europe is not like this, why are we??? Why did we ridicule Michael Jackson so much, yet Europe and Asia loved him the way he was? Just look at Torchwood, the popular show in England.. the lead guy is gay and married, and they could give two shits. America SOOO pisses me off



  41. 41

    GAY IS GREAT DON'T BE ASHAMED NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE .WIL.I.AM. IS GAY BUT WONT COME OUT ,THATS WHY WHEN PEREZ CALLED HIM ON IT HE ATTACKED PEREZ……….

  42. bee85 says – reply to this


    42

    I don't care if WENTWORTH MILLER is gay, I STILL LOVE HIM :) :):)



  43. 43

    PERFECT EXAMPLE… RUPERT EVERETT
    .
    HE WAS OFTEN TALKED ABOUT AS BEING THE NEXT JAMES BOND. THEN HE CAME OUT AND I HAVEN'T SEEN HIM IN A BIG BUDGET PROJECT SINCE.
    .
    ACTORS AND OTHERS COMING OUT MAY HELP THE GAY COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, BUT IT IS NOT GOOD FOR THEIR CAREERS.
    .
    I LUV LUV LUV NEIL PATRICK HARRIS, BUT I WORRY FOR HIM THAT HE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MOVE INTO MOTION PICTURES THAT REQUIRE HIM (AS MOST MOVIES DO) TO BE CAST IN A ROMANTIC SITUATION WITH A FEMALE LEAD.
    .
    HIS CURRENT SHOW HAD BEEN A HIT ALREADY WHEN HE CAME OUT, SO HE HAS YET TO FACE ANY FUTURE CASTING CONSEQUENCES.



  44. 44

    sad but true but i think if one gay a lister came out and could still be successful the stigma would be gone and more would feel able to do the same. i personally wouldnt care if my idol came out as gay, they are still the same person for gods sake!



  45. 45

    uhhhhh is wentworth miller gay???!!!!!??? Oh shit he is on my top 5 of people my married ass can screw!!



  46. 46

    It might be tough for alot of people to watch a gay actor play a straight part, and believe it. Musicians don't have as tough a time, because they create their own images. Middle America is so fucking scared of these issues and it seems everyone panders to them. Let's get them to change their attitudes first. They're the pansies.



  47. 47

    I think in acting it is better to keep a low profile about everything. Actors should fade into the roles they are playing and the less you know about them personally is best. If I know someone's politics it affects how I feel about them during the movie sometimes. If I know an actor is gay it affects how I feel about him during a love scene with a woman. If I know a person is straight it affects by feeling watching the movie if he is playing gay. It is not that I want to think during a movie but I just do. So I say in acting it is best not to be politically active. Just live your life they way you want but don't talk about it. Leave the political action to others.



  48. 48

    Just look at what perez does to his fellow gay's, plasters naked/almost naked pics all of his site.
    But I do wish that people could just be who they are and not worry about being attacked in any way (ahem PEREZ)



  49. 49

    Why is there a picture of Wentworth Miller? Like you need anymore people pissed off at you Perez, take his picture down just because you think he might be gay doesn't make him gay. Wishful thinking? Even if he was, he could do way better than Perez Hilton.



  50. 50

    Does the truth hurt or what?!



  51. 51

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    They shoud ban his ass from EVER speaking at ANY GLBT event…forever. I understand his intentions, but just how self loathing does one have to be, to be open…and yet still tell others to hide. Sounds like he may be afraid of younger up and coming competition.
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  52. omz says – reply to this


    52

    this happens because of people like you Perez!! always hating and making your stupid remarks you behave like a dumbass instead of setting an example…



  53. 53

    I can see Todd Holland's point.
    Maybe he doesn't want young gay actors & actresses to be the subjects of jokes & ridicule .. You know, just like YOU do to them, Perez.



  54. 54

    michael from prison break is gay?!



  55. 55

    I have to agree with this advice. After "George" came out on Gray's, that was all I could think about when I watched him on the show. Every time he would kiss a female or do something "hetero" I would think whatever. It took me out of the show.



  56. 56

    Re: perezishomophobic – oh so true thank you for telling the bigot ph on it is…



  57. 57

    I agree with Todd Holland…All he is saying that if you are young and just starting out. It isn't a good idea to lay everything out there from the start. Maybe after you have established yourself in the industry than is the time to come out!

    Let me ask this question has there ever been one young openly gay actor to make it as a big movie star or TV star. Doogie Howsers doesn't count because back when he played Doogie no one new he was gay and he was already a household name by the time HIMYM came along!



  58. 58

    Im not understanding why there is a picture of wentworth miller =S



  59. 59

    HMmm Tell that to the Moguls and Money men in Hollywood. They don't give a shit what you are just bring in the money, and there's a whole middle of the country that would not swallow Gay leading men and Gay stories all over the place FACT! In a perfect world Perez NOT in $$$$HOLLYWOOD$$$$$$. I LOve You ALL



  60. 60

    Of course they should hide their sexual preference … otherwise they will have people like you Perez who exploit them to high hell…Didn't just just put pictures of the guy who did Milk having sex on your blog? Get lots of hits that day Perez? Decide if you are pro anything, and stand behind it. You seem like such a two faced monster. How do you sleep at night?



  61. 61

    My comments never show up here sooo strange

  62. @v@ says – reply to this


    62

    It is very good advice from a professional standpoint if you're an actor; it will realistically keep you from being pigeonholed role-wise. It's nobody's concern which way you go from a professional standpoint. It just shouldn't be an issue, and ceases to be when you don't slam it into everybody's face.



  63. 63

    disgusting!



  64. 64

    I'm wondering why Wentworth Miller is pictured!!!???If he is gay I'm gonna puke in my mouth!! After all the times I've masturbated to him…. gross!! I wouldn't watch prison break EVER again!! Of course thats the only reason I watch duh. If he is gay I can't appreciate how sexy he is when I know it's all a waste. I'm sure there is way more hetersexual woman watching then homosexual men. So Perez this is exactly why actors should stay in the closet it's bad for business!!!

  65. @v@ says – reply to this


    65

    When gays are the main Hollywood movie power brokers instead of the shalomboys, I might then agree with you.



  66. 66

    perzishomophobic: "What's sad, Perez, is the way you have repeatedly made light of gay celebrities, or even celebrities who aren't gay. You have repeatedly called L.Lohan, "LEZlo", and her girlfriend, "saMAN"…face it Perez, YOU are part of the problem that causes homosexual actors to stay in the closet.
    YOU are an a**hole and you should repent for the way you have treated gay celebrities. TERRIBLE."

    THANK YOU!! Perez, you have every right to be an equal opportunity douche to people. That's what you do. But then you go after people who mind their own business like a gay witch hunt.

    Then you have the audacity to use the "f" word to insult Wil.I.Am. Violence is not the answer, but you sure had it coming. And then to try and say you'd donate money to the the Matthew Shepherd foundation as if your cause was so noble.

    You are a hypocrite of the worst kind.

  67. J.Mo says – reply to this


    67

    actors who want to keep their private lives private should be left alone without speculation. why can't we just enjoy pics of them on the red carpet? i miss those days.



  68. 68

    why the fuck DOES everyone have to blazon forth what sexuality they are?!? as if it's sooooooo fucking imortant! there'll be only true equality, when nobody gives a shit what gender you fuck/marry/go down on.



  69. 69

    way 2 NOT be a role model 4 anybody. he's a tool.



  70. 70

    Gays fucking suck kthnxbye



  71. 71

    okay honestly people know he's partially right though. if i see a drama love story between a man and a woman but i know the male actor is gay in real life it is very hard for me to take it seriously. i am a very liberal person and have no problems with the gay community, but there aren't many "gay" parts out there in movies. i know their actors and they change who they are in movies, but i think that it would not be a smart career choice to be completely open



  72. 72

    MY FRIEND CHEEKS HAS THIS GREAT MOVIE OUT AT OUTFEST THAT IS A MUST SEE !
    IT'S CALLE "LUSHES" WITH AN OPENLY GAY CAST. I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOMEONE'S SEXUAL PREFERENCE HAS TO BE AN ISSUE IN EVERYTHING.



  73. 73

    JUST SAW "LITTLE ASHES" WHERE ROBERT PATTINSON PLAYS A BI-SEXUAL CHARACTER AND WE ALL KNOW HE IS STRAIGHT. THE MOVIE WAS AMAZING WITH BOTH LEAD CHARACTERS BEING STRAIGHT IN REAL LIFE. IT WAS VERY BELIEVABLE BECAUSE THE ACTING WAS AMAZING. I DID NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM BELIEVING THEY WERE GAY CHARACTERS EVEN THOUGH THE ACTORS THEMSELVES ARE NOT. SO WHY WOULD VICE VERSA BE ANY DIFFERENT.