Walking Dead actress says she lost a role because she doesn’t look ‘authentically LGBTQ’

A screenshot of an Instagram post with a picture of Briana Venskus, a rainbow, and text.

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Out actress Briana Venskus discussed being told that she doesn’t look “authentically LGBTQ” enough for a role.

The bisexual television actress has had a number of supporting roles in popular shows like Grace and Frankie, House, and Supergirl. She is perhaps best known for the role of Beatrice on The Walking Dead.

She wrote on Instagram, “So…I was just informed that I was not cast in a role on a show because I wasn’t seen as ‘Authentically LGBTQ’ enough.”

Venskus didn’t say what the role was, perhaps because naming names could harm her career.

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Instead, she asked what it means when Hollywood doesn’t think that an actual LGBTQ person doesn’t look LGBTQ enough for TV.

“I’m so tired and frustrated with this Hollywood stereotype of LGBTQ,” she wrote. ”

“What does that even mean to be ‘Authentic LGBTQ’? Do I not look the part to you? What does the ‘part’ of LGBTQ look like to you Hollywood if actual LGTBQ people can’t even be seen as ‘Authentic.’”

She closed: “I am a bisexual woman, I am in the LGBTQ community, and I live AUTHENTICALLY every damn day.”

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So…I was just informed that I was not cast in a role on a show because I wasn’t seen as “Authentically LGBTQ” enough. After I picked my jaw up off the floor I pieced together my thoughts enough to say this: 1️⃣ Are you fucking blind?! …sorry just had to get that out of the way 2️⃣ I’m so tired and frustrated with this Hollywood stereotype of LGBTQ. What does that even mean to be ‘Authentic LGBTQ’? Do I not look the part to you? What does the ‘part’ of LGBTQ look like to you Hollywood if actual LGTBQ people can’t even be seen as ‘Authentic.’ 3️⃣ Why are we perpetuating the stereotypes and generalities that have been set for us by people who don’t even know us 4️⃣ Acting is just that… ACTING. Now I know this is a touchy subject for a lot of people especially with the major fuck ups of whitewashing in big budget movies, and yes that is WRONG, I do however agree with an actors right to embody a part that is not naturally inherent to them. That is why it is in fact called…ACTING. 5️⃣ I am a bisexual woman, I am in the LGBTQ community, and I live AUTHENTICALLY every damn day ✌🏽

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