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Posted by Philip on 4 February 2016, 9:59 am in , , , , ,

Nick Jonas — damned if he does

Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers is being accused of 'gay-baiting’ his LGBT fans to further his career by regularly partying in gay bars and performing at a number of Pride events all around America, according to the Gay Times.

The star told Complex:

“As a heterosexual male, [I am] open and comfortable about loving my fan base, gay or straight, because to me there is no difference, it is my fan base.

“Your sexual preference does not matter to me and it shouldn’t matter to anybody.

“I’m very comfortable in my own skin and I’m thankful to have as many close gay friends as I have, people who have been so supportive in my life, and have always been there for me.”

A commenter on the GT site summed it up perfectly:

"If the LGBT community would just accept his way of thinking and be thankful that we have an ally instead of questioning him about his sexuality, we might gain more and more support."

People from marginalised groups need to accept that the world has moved beyond separatism. Acceptance doesn't mean just "us" fitting in with "them". It means "them" fitting in with "us" too.

Sure we've needed "safe places" in the past. But until we are courageous enough to share our spaces with our allies, diversity will never be truly real-ised.

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