Hollywood's "gay mafia" or "velvet mafia" or "lavender mob" has long been the subject of gossip, with occasional blips into the mainstream press. Terms such as "Gay mafia" refer to a group of powerful homosexuals who exercise extraordinary influence in the entertainment industry. It's not something we're supposed to talk about it. To do so, according to conventional wisdom, is to engage in homophobia or paranoia.
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Honestly, there are a ton of super-fine men in Hollywood, but Tinsel Town's gay elite are some of the hottest out there — because there's nothing sexier than owning and loving who you are. Take Empire's Jussie Smollett, for example: He recently joined HRC's Equality Rocks campaign , which sparks conversation about love, equality and fairness around the globe. He told Billboard in June : "Your journey is your own. Be inspired by other people's journeys, but you can do your own thing. There's no rules now how to be black. There's no rules to how to be gay. In his interview, he hit the nail on the head, saying: "In many ways, this is the very best time to be a gay artist ever.
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During the old Hollywood times , being openly gay meant that your career and life are about to get destroyed. Crawford had a gigantic orgasm and shrieked like a maniac. Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences, and I am not ashamed. I have never paid much attention to what people think about me. The Psycho star supposedly had an affair with actor Tab Hunter , despite being married to Berry Berenson.
There are many openly gay actors in Hollywood. You could expect close to the same ratio as openly gay citizens of the USA. Reasons for being 'closetted' include fear of rejection, and in Hollywood that rejection may result in the fall of your career, so one could conclude that the ratio would be less. However there are some very successful and openly gay professionals in Hollywood. Since views and societal beliefs have changed in recent years, many gay people in general, including those high profile, feel more comfortable and safe in being openly gay.