Well-known actor Rupert Everett has caused quite a stir in the LGBT community for saying he “can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”
The actor, who is gay, played a major role in the 90’s hits “My Best Friend’s Wedding” and “Shakespeare in Love.”
The Telegraph has background:
The 53-year-old told the Sunday Times Magazine that his mother Sara had met his boyfriend but “still wishes I had a wife and kids.”
“She thinks children need a father and a mother and I agree with her,” he said. “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.”
Ben Summerskill, the chief executive of a gay rights group, reportedly responded: “Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself.”
He continued: “There is absolutely no evidence that the kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop.”
Apparently this isn’t the first time Everett has made a controversial statement on gay parenting. According to the Huffington Post, Everett said in 2009 that the idea of two men having a baby is “egocentric and vain.”
“I think this surrogacy thing is crap. It is utterly hideous. I think it’s egocentric and vain. And these endless IVF treatments people go through. I mean, if you are meant to have babies then great. But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird,” he allegedly remarked.
After his most recent statement, Everett made it clear that he is not speaking “on behalf of the gay community.”
“In fact,” he said, “I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community’.”