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Should LGBTQ characters only be played by LGBTQ actors?

Idris Elba got some heat after he defended Disney for casting Jack Whitehall as the studio's first major, openly gay character in the upcoming "Jungle Cruise," despite the fact that Whitehall is not gay. The LGBTQ community has been vocal about their lack of opportunities in film and television. But Elba says actors "don’t necessarily have to be gay to play a gay character." What do you think?

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Seamus Kirst of THEM says gay people should be allowed to tell their own stories:

One thing is for certain: This is a conversation that cannot just exist in the wake of the release of certain films; it must be an ongoing conversation and movement that examines the exclusionary practices of the entertainment industry as a whole. Hollywood has a historical homophobia problem. It’s systemic, it’s embedded, and it’s not going to fix itself.
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But Elba believes talent should come before sexual orientation. Shadow and Act reported on a recent interview where Elba had this to say:

“Artistic license is artistic license. If an actor has the attributes to do something, they should be able to do it. They’re acting. You don’t necessarily have to be gay to play a gay character,” he continued. “Though you do have to be Black to play a Black character.” 
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