Jamie Lee Curtis has weighed in on the debate over ‘outing’ closeted anti-gay lawmakers.
During an interview with PrideSource while promoting her critically-acclaimed new movie Knives out, the iconic actress broached the controversial topic after she was asked about the sexuality of her Halloween character Laurie Strode.
“I don’t think it’s anybody’s business what people’s sexuality is, to be perfectly honest,” she said.
“I find it like reverse discrimination. 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.”
Curtis went on to insist it “doesn’t matter” what a person’s sexuality is and that it’s “nobody’s business” but their own. She does, however, make an exception for people who “legislate anti-gay legislation but are gay”.
“I fully accept outing those people for the hypocrisy,” she added.
Curtis also spoke about the reasons she became such a huge LGBTQ ally, including her friendship with actor Richard Frank and his boyfriend George Lowe, both of whom died of AIDS-related complications in the 1990s.
“Rick became, honestly, one of my best friends. That experience with both Rick and George was a galvanising moment for me, and I have tried to honour him more than anything with trying to keep that focus,” she explained.
“You don’t have to have your own experience in order to feel compassion and the need for justice and equality.
“In the LGBTQ world, certainly I have friends and family, but I don’t have to have the direct experience in order to feel the compassion that I truly feel for acceptance and equality in all areas.”
The star of Halloween and Scream Queens announced earlier this year that she’d bought the rights to the 2014 memoir How We Sleep At Night, which tells the story of how Oklahoma woman Sara Cunningham came to terms with her son’s sexuality.
Cunningham rose to prominence last summer when she announced that she would stand in as a substitute mother for any LGBTQ people whose parents wouldn’t attend their same-sex wedding.
“I continue to be thrilled as her movement is catching on. I hope to do justice to her story and the story of so many marginalised people in the LGBTQ community,” Curtis said.