Lea Michele: Gay or Straight, ‘Everyone’s the Same’

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Ever since she was a little girl, Glee’s Lea Michele has been involved with the LGBT community. Growing up in New York, Michele started working for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS as a child.

“I’ve always been in theater, and so the gay community-that was my world,” she said. “That’s where I come from, and so it just feels like part of who I am. To be where I am right now, and to still have that support and to still have that safety net, it really just means a lot to me.”

When asked what it is about gay men that jibes with her, she said she’s just friends with great people that happen to be gay.

“I don’t see anyone as being different than anyone else, whether you’re gay or straight or whatever-everyone’s the same,” Michele said. “Everyone was always accepted and always around me ever since I was a little girl. I’ve just been really blessed to have great people in my life, and among them just happen to be people like Jonathan and Ryan [from Glee]-but not because they’re gay. Just because they’re amazing people.”

Michele loves that Glee not only is a great show gets to entertain people, but it boldly addresses issues in the gay community.

“…we are delivering a very important message and opening up people’s minds, even though they might not know it’s happening,” Michele said. “I’m so honored to be a part of a show that has made a big movement not only for the gay community but also for kids who just love music and have a passion for doing that.

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