Iconic actress Jamie Lee Curtis thinks asking people about their sexual orientation is a form of “reverse discrimination” – unless it’s an anti-LGBTQ politician actively working against the community.
In a wide ranging interview with Pride Source, Curtis spoke about her views on public figure’s sexuality and what being an ally means to her.
“I don’t think it’s anybody’s business what people’s sexuality is, to be perfectly honest,” she told the outlet. “I find it like a reverse discrimination,” referring to how pro-LGBTQ celebrities often get asked about their sexualities.
“People’s private lives are their private lives and whether I’ve ever kissed a girl – have not – is irrelevant to whatever advocacy I participate in.”
The actress said speculation about the orientation of public figures has become “sort of destructive cocktail party fodder what people’s sexuality is and should be off-limits. Unless, “you legislate anti-gay legislation but are gay. I fully accept outing those people for the hypocrisy.”
Curtis, a longtime advocate and ally to the LGBTQ community, told the outlet that while she isn’t necessarily part of the community, she uses her acting to support and advocate in her own way.
“I’m happy to represent whatever aspect of hope someone will take from anything I do, be it something I write, something I say, a part I played or, most importantly, the ‘being Jamie’ in the world. If that ends up being something that is helpful, that is then a reason to be alive; to be hurtful would be a tragedy for me. It would kill me to think that I’ve hurt someone with an action or a word or a deed.”