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Ethan Hawke Thinks Gay-Themed Entertainment Will Cause Decrease In Teen Suicide

Ethan_Hawke_-_2009_Venice_Film_FestivalIt’s been fascinating to me. One of the biggest differences I think between my generation and my kids is that they have almost zero homophobia. They’ve grown up thinking that it’s not a big deal to have gay characters on TV or in movies like Boys Don’t Cry or Kiss of the Spider Woman… There are all these things that started this (gay acceptance) ball rolling, and now people are really comfortable talking about it. I think you’ll see a lot less teen suicide in the coming years. I really do believe that.”

Actor Ethan Hawke speaking with Toronto’s The Star newspaper about the seminal queer film Rebel Without a Cause and how homophobia decreases when more LGBT characters are portrayed in movies and television