John M. Becker

Game of Thrones Star Kristian Nairn on Coming Out

Filed By John M. Becker | March 27, 2014 9:00 AM | comments

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Tags: body image, busting stereotypes, coming out, Game of Thrones, gay stereotypes, Kristian Nairn, stereotypes

"I kind of had been waiting for it to come up in an interview question. But I sort of thought that people knew, because all you had to do--I started out doing a drag queen [act]. I DJ at a gay bar. Learn to Google, people. That's all it is...

"Yeah, I tell you what: I don't want to make light of it either because people have been in touch with me and they've been really...nice about it, and I'm really grateful. And also people said it inspired them. Because even within the gay community, there's a stereotype even when you're a gay person. You have to look a certain way. You have to be thin. You have to be tanned. You have to have small eyebrows. You have to look pretty. And that's never been me.

"I just think it's important to show the world that we are varied people, as everybody else. You don't have to be any way. I think that's really important, and people said that to me. And that's when I started to realize it's not a small thing. It's kind of a big thing. And if I can help somebody--you know, I've got my family behind me. I've got my friends behind me. If you have that, that's all you need. It doesn't matter about people on the Internet. And I'm really lucky to have that. And so if I can help one person, I'm happy."

-- Game of Thrones star Kristian Nairn, discussing his recent public coming-out with the Wall Street Journal. Nairn reveals that he came out to his mom at age 12 and all his friends by age 16, so he was surprised it took the media this long to ask him about it.

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