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Daniel Radcliffe On Gay Rights, GOP Candidates And His Male 'Talent Crush' In Attitude Magazine

First Posted: 02/ 6/2012 11:29 am Updated: 02/ 6/2012 11:36 am

Already applauded for his work as an advocate, "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe is now speaking at length about his passion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) causes in a revealing new interview.

Radcliffe, recently seen on Broadway and now promoting his new thriller "The Woman In Black," discussed anti-gay bullying and marriage equality in the March issue of the British publication Attitude. Towleroad has transcribed excerpts from the new interview.

"The ultimate reason gay marriage should be legalized everywhere is because, as a kid, you look to your mum and dad and they're married, then you look at the gay couple who've been together for the same amount of time, but because they can't get married their relationship doesn't seem the same," Radcliffe told the magazine. "Gay people should have equality in law everywhere. If you grow up as a young gay man knowing you don't have the same opportunities as everyone else, you're going to feel victimized and massive prejudice towards you."

Radcliffe also took on U.S. politicians in the new interview, noting he was "disgusted, amazed, stunned" by GOP candidates like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann's stance on gay rights. As for Obama, he observes, "Of course he's in favor of [same-sex marriage] but he has to be careful about saying so. I'd rather have someone like him in the White House than the alternative."

Though Radcliffe has been the subject of many rumors regarding his sexuality, the 22-year-old actor once again asserts he is straight. Still, he notes, "This year I have a talent crush on Ryan Gosling. I think he's fantastic and...(ahem) you know he'd be nice afterwards. He seems smart. If I was gay, I would go for a smart man."

Check out Radcliffe's cover below as well as HuffPost Gay Voices blogger Scott Wooledge's slideshow of 10 straight guys we love for supporting LGBT rights:

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Comedian Louis C.K. demonstrates aptly how the talking points have left the LGBT advocacy building and reemerged in the popular public discourse. He acknowledges the reality on the ground in a hilarious, hyperbolic imaginary hearing at the Supreme Court.

The LGBT equality side makes their well-argued positions, grounded on principles of equal protection under the law, and Louis imagines the opponent's exchange with the Justice. Louis' intonation and vocal inflection makes very clear whose side he's on.

The Money Quote:

And they ask the other lawyer, and he says, "Your Honor, they're fucking queer! They're queer!" That's it, isn't it? That's the whole... "Well, OK, counselor, but I don't see what that has..." "What are you, a fucking faggot?! Your Honor, you're gonna get a fucking beating... Faggot!" Isn't that the whole argument?

Pretty much, Louis, that is the whole argument.
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