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Should straight actors play gay roles?
The impact of gay actors playing gay characters is larger.
Offering such roles to people who are actually homosexual provides increased job opportunities to an otherwise marginalized demographic.
A gay actor playing a gay role can serve as a role model for other gay people, whereas a straight actor cannot.
Influential actors playing gay characters will do infinitely more to further gay representation than unknown gay actors playing gay characters.
The impact of gay character is determined mainly by the performance on-screen, not off-screen.