Thursday, 13 October 2011

Bollywood Star Imran Khan Wants to be a Gay Icon

In another sign of how much things are changing in India when it comes to gay issues, rising Bollywood star Imran Khan recently not only spoke out in favor of gay rights, but also is working to make himself a gay icon.

How exactly? AE Vikram reader explains that Khan's latest movie, I Hate Luv Storys, was recently screened for a gay audience even though it has no gay content?
Why? Khan and the movie's producers said it was because Khan was a gay icon, but I'm given to understand that other being very cute, Khan really didn't have much of a claim to gay icon status.
Before now that is. Those in attendance at the screening report that Khan appeared at the end of the movie, posed for pictures with his arms around his fans and not only showed his respect for the gay community, but stated publicly that he supports gay causes.
Khan gave a number of interviews where he didn't try to overstate his past support of the gay community (which apparently wasn't much), but specifically and publicly stated now "I have always believed in gay rights. I do not think there are gay or straight love stories. I think all love stories are beautiful because 'love' is that kind of an emotion that makes one feel always special." 



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