In an interview with UK magazine The Sunday Times, actor Rupert Everett said that he couldn’t “think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”
Everett came out as gay in 1989 and has paved the way for gay actors but the actor hasn’t been a big supporter of gay rights. In a report published by The Telegraph on Sunday, Everett agrees with his mother, Sara Everett, about same-sex parenthood. The 53-year-old told the UK Sunday Times in the interview that his mother still wished he “had a wife and kids” after meeting his boyfriend and agreed with her when she said she thought “children need a father and a mother”.
The star most known for his role in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love says in regards to his opinion on children raised in same-sex parent households:
“I’m not speaking on behalf of the gay community. In fact, I don’t feel like I’m part of any ‘community’. The only community I belong to is humanity and we’ve got too many children on the planet, so it’s good not to have more.”
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of the campaign group Stonewall, said “Rupert should get out a little bit more to see the facts for himself” because there is no evidence that “kids of gay parents suffer in the way they are being brought up or in how they develop.”
Findings of a study published in the July issue of Social Science Research found children of a gay or lesbian parent more likely to have social and emotional problems, but many experts and advocacy groups find the study “flawed”, “misleading” and “scientifically unsound”. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin stated in a report posted by CBS News back in June:
“Because of the serious flaws, this so-called study doesn’t match 30 years of scientific research that shows overwhelmingly that children raised by parents who are LGBT do equally as well as their counterparts raised by heterosexual parents.”
It is not clear whether Everett was basing his opinion off of findings from a study or a personal observation but his mother’s views on gay parenting seems to be of influence. In an interview Mrs. Everett wishes her son could get married and wished he was “straight”. She says,
“I’d like him to have children. He’s so good with children. He’d make a wonderful father. But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I’ve told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn’t get angry with me. He just smiles.”
There are many gay couples with children who are not smiling at these comments.
Since coming out, Everett has urged other gay actors to stay in the closet to succeed. He believed being openly gay ruined his own career prospects and that he was treated differently.