By Anna Peirano
Out actor Rupert Everett has recently made statements condeming gay parenting.
In an interview with Britain’s Sunday Times Magazine, Everett said that his mother had met his boyfriend but, “still wishes I had a wife and kids.”
He went on to add, “She 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.”
Everett goes on to say that it is not his responsibility to stand up for the gay community and the work other actors and activists are trying to do to change perceptions around the world.
“I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community,” said the actor. “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 issued a statement in response:
“Since Everett shared his outdated opinion, gay parents, as well as their friends and families, have voiced overwhelming disappointment.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 uninformed people in the public eye insult their families.”
Everett had said in an interview in 2009 that to come out of the closet as an actor is “not that advisable to be honest. It’s not very easy. And, honestly, I would not advise any actor necessarily, if he was really thinking of his career, to come out.”