Jason Stuart

"Jason is the founder of the first ever SAG/AFTRA LGBT Actors committee and is the current co-chair. He was one of the first openly gay comedians to headline mainstream comedy clubs in the country. He has mentored gay youth and produced benefits for six years." - Nominator (wishes to remain anonymous)

Jason Stuart photo by Shannon Youngclaus

2014 LGBT Pride Month Local Heroes nominee

Jason Stuart

Title Actor/Comedian/Activist

HIGHLIGHTS:
  • One of the first gay comedians to come out on TV in 1993 and tour the country with his stand-up show in mainstream comedy clubs. His material focuses on his experiences on being a single, Jewish gay man living in Hollywood. Has made it his mission to be an advocate for gay rights in the entertainment industry
  • Created the SAG/AFTRA LGBT Committee to support LGBT performers in 2006 and has been the national co-chair for seven years.
  • In 2013 the SAG/AFTRA Committee conducted a survey with The Williams Institute at UCLA on openly gay actors in film & television. This groundbreaking study, the first of its kind in the world, examined what inequalities LGBT actors face with a range of issues pertaining to their jobs: casting, workplace discrimination, being out as an actor, and getting an agent or manager.
  • Has produced the Lifeworks LA LOL Stand Up Comedy Benefit for six years, as well as mentoring gay youth for the organization for the last eight years.
  • An example of a successful openly gay working actor who has played over 110 roles - both gay and straight.
  • Uses his talents as an openly gay actor and comedian to support the community by performing at countless benefits for issues from AIDS to the homeless. In addition, he has served food to the homeless at the Laugh Factory for close to 30 years on Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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