Meryl Streep is an icon to a lot of people, but it appears she hadn’t realised that she was a gay icon as well. The actress, who’s won massive plaudits for playing Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (out Jan 6th), says “I just recently found out I’m a gay icon from a show where they do little arias from all my movies.”
She adds, “It’s flattering of course. Whether or not Margaret is also a gay icon I don’t know. That’s a difficult one for me.” You can understand the uncertainty as while Maggie’s a strong woman, she wasn’t exactly a fan of the gays, having enacted anti-gay measures such as Section 28 and blocked legislation that backed gay equality.