Los Angeles (September 9, 2010) – Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, who represents Screen Actors Guild as general counsel and deputy national executive director, has been named to POWER UP’s 10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz list for 2010.
POWER UP is a non-profit organization known for its award-winning short films that advance the careers of gay women filmmakers. Two years ago, the group created the men’s list in addition to the 10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz list, which has been presented for the past decade.
The accolades honor those who are “working, creating and changing lives as they continue their way up the ladder of success.”
As the Guild’s chief legal strategist and a career-long advocate for workplace equality, Crabtree-Ireland helped found the SAG National LGBT Actors Committee, which provides support for LGBT actors, with a focus on those who choose to be out and open in their careers. He is a past co-president and honoree of the Lesbian & Gay Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles.
“Duncan is an extraordinary person who richly deserves this honor. I have had the pleasure of working with him from his early days in our legal department and have witnessed firsthand the consistent excellence and deep commitment that he brings to the job each and every day. Screen Actors Guild congratulates our exceptional general counsel and all of our members and entertainment colleagues who were recognized,” said Screen Actors Guild National Executive Director David White.
Crabtree-Ireland is among a distinguished and varied mix of female and male entertainment industry honorees.
Top 10 Amazing Gay Women in Showbiz 2010: Ali Adler (writer), Tabatha Coffey (reality star), Savannah Dooley (writer), Clementine Ford (actress), Tracy Gilchrist (writer), Christine Moore (director), Martha Sanchez (manager), Elizabeth Sarnoff (writer), Kirsten Vangsness (actress) and Kathy Wolfe (distributor).
Top 10 Amazing Gay Men in Showbiz 2010: Howard Bragman (publicist), Duncan Crabtree-Ireland (attorney), Wilson Cruz (actor), James Duff (producer), Keya Khayatian (agent), Mark Noble (producer), Peter Paige (actor), Howard Rosenman (producer), Michael Sluchan (network executive) and Steve Tyler (actor).
“Despite the public perception to the contrary, there is considerable pressure in Hollywood for industry professionals not to come out. But we know that despite the challenges out LGBT people may face, being open is the best way to win hearts and minds and to create a more equal future for us all,” said Crabtree-Ireland. “POWER UP’s roster of honorees past and present is a powerful demonstration that being out and having a career in Hollywood are not mutually exclusive. I’m humbled to be included among those in the community who have been recognized by POWER UP.”
Recipients are slated to receive their awards at the 10th Annual Power Premiere Celebrity Gala on November 7 in Hollywood. For more information about POWER UP and the 2010 recipients, go to the awards section of powerupfilms.org.
Screen Actors Guild is the nation's largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists' rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats. The Guild exists to enhance actors' working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists' rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG online at SAG.org.