Publicity Release Posted: October 04, 2010 18:56:19 EST
October 04, 2010 SHOOT Publicity Wire
--- For the second year, Screen Actors Guild will celebrate Diversity Awareness Month during the month of October with a slate of programs and activities exhibiting the value of diversity and equal employment of diverse actors in film, television and other recorded media.From a Diversity Careers in Focus conference at national headquarters to SAG's Dare to Be Diverse screening series, an inclusive and abundant lineup awaits. (See the complete calendar below.) "SAG's Diversity Awareness Month celebration is a mission that is close to my heart and one to which I am personally dedicated, and have been for more than 40 years," said SAG National President Ken Howard. "Our union, our industry and our culture are made stronger and more powerful when everyone has equal access to work opportunities. It's time to swing wide the door of opportunity that has remained closed to so many for so long."The Guild has, since its inception, been an advocate for diversity and equal employment in the workplace and entertainment industry. In addition to protecting all members against discrimination and harassment, SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity works closely with members who are LGBT, performers of color, performers with disabilities, senior performers and women to increase employment opportunities for these underemployed and underrepresented groups."SAG has chosen October to highlight our everyday advocacy and initiatives," said Rebecca Yee, national director of SAG Affirmative Action & Diversity, "but it is a 24/7, year-round effort to shift our media landscape toward desiring and developing more accurate and diverse portrayals of the American Scene in film and television."