Last night in Los Angeles, a packed house turned out to celebrate National Coming Out Month as GLAAD partnered with the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to present Out in Hollywood III: The Rise of the LGBT Actor, a panel featuring notable out actors, producers, directors and casting directors discussing their experiences being openly LGBT in the industry. Doria Biddle, co-host of The Frank DeCaro Show on Sirius/XM Radio, moderated the event which included Emmy-winning director Paris Barclay, casting directors Tammara Billik and Dan Shaner, and Academy Award-winning producer Dan Jinks. The LGBT actors on the panel were: Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money), Wilson Cruz (He's Just Not That Into You), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Michelle Paradise (Exes and Ohs), and Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted). Also speaking at the event were GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios, SAG Interim National Executive Director David White, SAG Secretary-Treasurer Amy Aquino, and SAG LGBT Committee Chairman Jason Stuart. Stayed tuned as we'll be posting video soon. In the meantime, check out the photos and quotes below: "Until everyone is free, the experiment of America is not succeeding. We all want opportunity." ~ Bryan Batt
"They created a quantum shift in the world." ~ Tammara Billik on the impact of actors who were publicly outed, like Neil Patrick Harris and T.R. Knight.
From left: Dan Shaner, Tammara Billik, Jonathan Slavin, Wilson Cruz, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Doria Biddle, Candis Cayne, and Paris Barclay