This week read about Suni Reid filing a complaint against "Hamilton" for discrimination, Anjali Rao coming out as bisexual, anJulianna Margulies defending herself for playing as a lesbian in a show.

Black Trans Cast Member Files Complaint Against the Musical ‘Hamilton’

Suni Reid, a “Hamilton” cast member for more than two years, filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against the parent company of the Broadway hit, Eliza Tour and Adventureland LLC.

The complaint included allegations of performers harassing, physically threatening, and intentionally and repeatedly misgendering them. Reid also notes that shortly after they asked management to set up a gender-neutral dressing room at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, the musical suddenly “refused to renew their contract,” according to the complaint.

"Unfortunately, during Mx. Reid's years with the show, which purports to be an icon of diversity, they have experienced frequent incidents of discrimination and harassment from cast members and management of Hamilton based upon their race, sexual orientation/LGBTQ+ status, gender, and gender identity," the complaint reads.

The show, which is famous for showcasing diversity, denied the allegations. A “Hamilton'' spokesperson told NBC News in a statement that they “deny allegations in the charge," adding that management has provided Reid with "direct financial support, paid for their health insurance and paid for their housing."

Reid’s legal team is persistent and is planning to fight for their rights and hopes that this serves as a “wake-up call for the theater industry about the systemic inequities that persist even at its greatest heights."

Former CNN Anchor Anjali Rao Comes Out as Bisexual

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 Anjali Rao. Photo via Instagram.

Anjali Rao came out to co-star Kyla Kirkpatrick in a recent episode of “The Real Housewives of Melbourne.”

The 47-year-old, who has interviewed big names like Kevin Spacey and Bill Clinton, said she had to keep her past relationships with women “very secret” due to her career.

“I kept it hidden for forever until a couple of years ago, I got out of the worst relationship of my life. And the person decided to destroy me by outing me to everybody,” Rao said.

However, Rao turned the betrayal into something positive.

“So since that person outed me, I decided to use that in a positive way. I couldn't be happier to be in this position and go, ‘I'm bisexual and I love it,’” she said.

She is looking forward to this newfound identity and is happy that she no longer has to hide.

“It's a new thing for me, but I am openly bisexual,” said Rao.

Julianna Margulies Defends Playing a Lesbian on ‘The Morning Show’

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 Julianna Margulies. Photo via Facebook.

Julianna Margulies, who plays Laura on “The Morning Show,” defends her choice to portray a lesbian character.

Since the second season aired, she’s been receiving pushback for playing a gay character when she is heterosexual in real life. After recent debates in the media on the lack of queer representation, she’s been asked why she chose to play Laura.

“I’ve played a gay character before, and who’s to say I haven’t had my own gay experiences? It’s like, you know, we’re making assumptions, then. I felt like they were going with what they felt was the best choice for them. And the best choice to fit in between these two very powerful lead women on that show,” said Margulies in an interview on the Just for Variety podcast.

She also noted that she played a lesbian character in the past in the 2000 indie dramedy “What’s Cooking?”

“I would never ever be angry if a lesbian played a straight woman. And I don’t think there’s, you know, I haven’t seen the discrimination towards lesbians to play gay women. So I don’t know if it’s the same kind of conundrum. But maybe, maybe it is, and if so, I apologize,” said Margulies.


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