Albus Dumbledore may be the most popular gay these days. He’s certainly getting enough press.
While the Harry Potter character’s outing may bring JK Rowling even more fans, Out‘s Aaron Hicklin thinks gays have always loved the Potter books. He tells Jeff Bercovici:
I suspect (but have no proof) that the books have a particular appeal to gay readers for all the obvious reasons. Gay men are able to identify a) with children’s fiction because invariably the hero is the outsider; and b) with fantasy because it posits an alternate universe, usually one in which wrongs can be righted.
And people have powers and shit, which is cool.
Meanwhile, Hicklin also chatted with Bercovici about this year’s Out 100 and a controversial addition: Perez Hilton. Says Hicklin:
Obviously we knew it would be polarizing, but it’s hard to argue with the fact that he’s made a tremendous impact, for better or worse — and do you know how hard it is to find 100 successful gay men and women every year?