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article imageHarry Potter star to appear in anti-homophobia ad

By Andrew John     Mar 1, 2010 in Lifestyle
The star of the Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe, is to appear in a charity advertisement to help combat homophobia.
Twenty-year-old Radcliffe will be appearing on behalf of the US-based Trevor Project, a charity that supports gay people who are at risk of committing suicide.
“I grew up knowing a lot of gay men, and it was never something that I even thought twice about – that some men were gay and some weren’t,” he has told E! Online. “And then I went to school and, [for] the first time, I came across homophobia. I had never encountered it before. It shocked me.
“I have always hated anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals. Now I am in the very fortunate position where I can actually help or do something about it.”
Radcliffe made a large donation to the charity’s helpline last August. He has shrugged off rumours that he himself is gay.
“I’ve described myself as being ‘gently eccentric’,” he said, “and slightly different as a person just because I’ve had a very different set of influences growing up than anybody else in my peer group did.
“I’ve always felt very lucky to have the life that I’ve had. I never had to cope with anything serious about my religion or sexual orientation or anything like that. 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 a lot about this as well.”
The Trevor Project began in 1998, founded by three filmmakers whose film, Trevor, a comedy drama about a gay teenager who attempts suicide, received an Oscar in 1994.
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