Spotlight is working to include a non-binary gender option for performers creating profiles on its services.
It comes as the UK casting site removed unpaid and ‘expenses only’ roles from its website.
A spokeswoman from Spotlight said it had been “working closely with relevant groups and individuals to best understand how performers and industry professionals would like non-binary genders to be represented on our systems”.
She said: “We are in the process of making changes to improve the way our platform works to help support non-binary genders.
“Our teams are working incredibly hard behind the scenes to rebuild a number of systems, which will allow us to support non-binary gender options as well as many other planned improvements to the Spotlight platform.”
She added: “Due to the scope of the changes required to our systems to remove the dependency on binary genders, however, you may not see any changes immediately […] It is a really large piece of work and one that needs to be carefully coordinated.”
Equity’s LGBT+ committee has recently released casting guidelines to improve the representation of the communities in the performance industry.
The committee is due to meet with representatives from Spotlight on December 12, having previously called on the company to include more gender options on its site.
Tigger Blaize, from Equity’s LGBT+ committee, said: “We are delighted with the news that Spotlight is overhauling the way performers can record their gender on its casting database.
“We have been talking to performers for some time about how they feel that they are not represented as well as they should be on the platform. We began an initial dialogue with Spotlight on this issue a year ago.”
Blaize added: “We aim to continue our discussions with them to enable every user of the site to feel included, represented and seen.”