So the saying goes: one step forward, two steps back. Or so it seems with LGBT people in the media:
Rupert Everett, the 53-year-old British actor who starred in the 1998 film “Shakespeare in Love,” took a few giant steps backward for the gay rights movement this week when he told the UK’s Sunday Times Magazine that there’s apparently nothing worse than having gay parents.
Everett came out as gay 20 years ago and says his mother still wishes he had a wife and kids. Though he has a boyfriend, he seems to agree with her.
The Sunday Times‘ article is behind a paywall, but the Telegraph (and tons of U.S. media) also covered the story, including the full version of Everett’s ignorant statement:
“She [my mother] thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her. I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads. Some people might not agree with that. Fine! That’s just my opinion. I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community’. The only community I belong to is humanity and we’ve got too many children on the planet, so it’s good not to have more.”
GLAAD president Herndon Graddick responded with the following statement:
“Since Everett shared his outdated opinion, gay parents, as well as their friends and families, have voiced overwhelming disappointment. Children aren’t hurt when raised by caring gay parents, but they are when uniformed people in the public eye insult their families.”
According to the Telegraph, Everett has said his coming-out damaged his career and urges actors not to come out for fear of losing work. Sure, he’s entitled to his own opinion, but publicly bashing gay parents is just uncalled for.