The news that gay men quite like Brad Pitt isn’t, well, news, but it turns out the attraction is a long-standing one, going back to before he was famous. While on stage at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards accepting their Best Actor prize on Tuesday, he told the audience a little story about his first time in the Big Apple.
Back in 1989 he was in the city auditioning for a soap opera, but at the time he was a bit of a midwest hayseed and didn’t know how the big city worked. While wandering down the predominantly gay Christopher Street (site of the famed Stonewall Inn), all he kept thinking was, ‘My God, there’s a lot of guys in New York. But they’re so nice!’
Pitt has since become a staunch supporter of gay rights, having once said he and Angelina Jolie won’t marry until same-sex couples have the same rights. When New York gave gay couples the right to marry, the actor said ‘It is encouraging that New York has joined the movement to grant equal marriage rights to its citizens,’ he said in a statement. ‘But it is each American’s Constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit. No state should decide who can marry and who cannot. Thanks to the tireless work of so many, someday soon this discrimination will end and every American will be able to enjoy their equal right to marriage.’