BGB’s LGBT+ community.  Doing the work. Changing the business.

BGB’s LGBT+ community.
Doing the work.
Changing the business.

BGBe is an LGBT+ artist’s collective doing work by and for the LGBT+ community, supporting LGBT+ causes and helping the industry reflect a wider humanity.

Our LGBTQ+ actors are boundary-pushing leaders who have the courage to stand in their truth. We celebrate their unique voices, their deep artistry and their desire to make our Industry better.

In support of the LGBTQ+ community, we’re spotlighting our Proud LGBTQ+ actors, a few of whom have written some thoughtful, heartfelt pieces about their LGBTQ+ experience in the work and the industry

Briggon Snow – Recognizing Who I Am

Voices of Equality

On Pride. With Frankie Kraft



Check out Pride events happening all across the USA!


More Equality

Felipe Figueroa – Finding My (Rainbow) Voice

We did it. We took the leap and moved to a major metropolitan area where we could not only be artists but also live freely as our wonderful LGBTQ+ selves. We forged a career in the entertainment industry only to find ourselves getting called in and booking substantially less than a straight white male. If [...]

Michael Maize – A Heart of Pride

A heart of pride… gratitude… courage. We are here. June 2019. The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. And I remind myself of the pride I have for being an independent, strong-willed gay man who continues to let down my walls of falsehood. I feel the gratitude for having the freedom to live the life [...]

Kenton Chen – Not Just Gay

Growing up in a suburban conservative town, there weren’t many queer role models for me to look up to. I remember listening to Rent and thinking, “Do I need to move to New York and start taking AZT?” My sexuality frightened me. A pastor’s kid and a child of immigrants, I faced a lot of [...]

Michael Maize – Truth Blazes

#truthblazes Truth. It is a very simple thing. A pocket of awareness that lies in the deep gut of our soul, our belly, our heart. This is not our conscience which tells us the “right” thing we should be doing throughout the day, but a further profound root at the edge of our current presence. [...]

Bianca Lopez – I Want The World To Know!

People assume I’m a straight woman about 99 percent of the time. Even my fellow LGBTQ brothers and sisters are surprised when they realize I’m married to a woman. Coming out to my family was relatively easy, but coming out to the world around me was a little harder, and navigating who I am on [...]

Doug Tompos – PRIDE

PRIDE. That word has always brought up a lot for me. I came of age at the beginning of the AIDS crisis and was immediately thrown into the horrors of the epidemic in NYC, and I felt a multitude of emotions, probably the least of which was pride. I had had a painful coming out [...]

Christopher Wolert

WHY ARE YOU AN ACTOR? Many reasons. One is that I get to play “pretend” even as an adult. Another is that there are so many professions out there that I would love to try and as an actor you can “be” anything - at least while you’re on set or stage. Because I can [...]

Actors Needed

In times of tragedy, when a long-oppressed people are targeted by a warped mind determined to silence the beautiful expression of Pride for a community that requires it to survive in a heteronormative world, we are left wondering what can be done. What could an actor possibly do? Actors, and artists alike, have power.  In [...]


I sat down to write a piece last week honoring PRIDE month for The BGB Studio Blog with a specific direction in mind. Then, a few days later, the Orlando shooting took place. The atmosphere of the world greatly shifted and so did my words, or lack thereof. I felt numb as my mind raced with [...]

Our LGBTQ Actor Roundtable

Risa & Steve sat down with Cassandra Clark, Felipe Figueroa, Frankie Kraft, Deborah Puette & Puppett, 5 LGBT+ actors from our community, to hear their thoughts on the work, the business and what it will take to make the business a more inclusive place that better reflects all the amazing humanity that exists in the world. […]

Frankie Kraft – Actor / Activist

WHY ARE YOU AN ACTOR? Because I love it. That still remains, but now I believe my purpose as an actor is greater than myself. I learned while doing volunteer work for The Trevor Project (an organization that provides 24/7 support for at-risk LGBTQ + youth) that art helps young people contemplating suicide escape from [...]

“I Don’t Have A Title For This”

  Deborah Puette, a uniquely talented actor (and BGB actor and coach) wrote this piece. She shared how it was inspired by our Saturday morning class here at BGB. This piece moved me to tears. I am sharing with you in support, and awe of Deb. – Risa Bramon Garcia   “I started writing this […]

LGBT Actor Appreciation

  Acceptance of our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Questioning brethren has come a long way in the last 20 years. The heroic work of The Drag Queens of Stonewall, Bayard Rustin, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, Harvey Milk, etc created a foundation for change years before. But in the last 20 years or so, […]

CELEBRATE LGBT. Now more than ever.

Click here to join The BGB Studio’s #WhyPride campaign to declare your support for the LGBTQ community and raise money for the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network which makes schools safer for and more inclusive of LGBTQ youth.


The BGB Studio is celebrating LGBT and we are inviting you to join. Here are a few ways you can show your support.

WE’RE CHALLENGING YOU to declare your support for the LGBT+ community by letting the world know why you’re celebrating LGBT+ Pride month. Download and print our sign, write down why you’re celebrating LGBT+ Pride, & post it on social media – all platforms – with the hashtags #WhyPride & #BGBEquality

Your photo will appear here along with more info on how you can show your support!

In addition, The BGB Studio is supporting an amazing organization that makes schools safe for LGBT+ youth. The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network provides research and support to make schools a nurturing, inclusive environment for LGBT+ youth so they can learn, grow, and add their unique voice to the world.  GLSEN needs your help to continue their great work.

Donate here & share their important work when you post your photo. Donate!



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