Daniel Radcliffe Takes a Stand Against Homophobia

Daniel Radcliffe has been vocal about his distaste for homophobia in the past, but now the star of the “Harry Potter” film franchise is gearing up to make a PSA speaking out against the matter and promoting the cause of gay suicide prevention. The actor, who recently participated in a reading of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really trying and is rumoured to be starring in a forthcoming Broadway revival of the show, said the following of his involvement in the PSA:

Well said, Mr Radcliffe! Here’s a transcription of his words in case this clip disappears, as is sometimes prone to happen on YouTube:

I grew up knowing a lot of gay men and it was just never something that I even thought twice about – that some men were gay and some weren’t…. I think it’s important for somebody from a big, commercial movie series like “Harry Potter” and particularly because I am not gay or bisexual or transgendered…. The fact that I am straight makes not a difference, but… it shows that straight people are incredibly interested and care about this as well… This is probably the thing I’m most passionate about.

The PSA that Radcliffe filmed is for The Trevor Project, a prominent organisation focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Find out how you can support them by visiting their site today.

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2 Responses to Daniel Radcliffe Takes a Stand Against Homophobia

  1. Deborah "Dusty" Debandi says:

    I am so very proud of courageous people like Daniel Radcliffe who so fervently take a solid stand against homophobia and are willing to be a voice in uniting people of all gender-identities together. Gender homophobia in nothing more than prejudicial upbringing usually beginning as a child or a teenager from home or environmental surroundings that run rampant due to misinformed information and lack of understanding. It is sad that the world is more comfortable judging one another than it is in loving one another and accepting one another and allowing one another to be exactly where they are. It is time that we unite in peace and join together and support one another and put all of this foolishness aside!

    In the meantime, thank you Daniel for all you do just help others to realize that we are human beings just like everyone else. Thank you!

  2. Erland Moeckli says:

    It is an incredible contribution to stopping homophobia when high-profile people speak out about it. It is so rare that people have the courage to actually voice these things and I think it is especially brave to do so when you are in the spotlight of the media coverage. Gender issues are not addressed enough in our society. Thank you for doing so here.

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