Perez Hilton Repents

10.12.2010

By Noah Michelson

So you don't regret that at all.
Not at all. I got so much flak from the gay community for that and I found that very hypocritical. I'm not perfect and I might make mistakes and I'll probably say or do things that will upset gay people in the future. And that's OK, because I'm making a concerted effort to do things differently and be sincere about it and just be mindful of what I do and how I do it.

Talk to me a little more about outing.
Lance Bass -- I reported about his relationship with Reichen [Lehmkuhl] and was one of the first people to talk about that before he came out -- he could have committed suicide and left a suicide note and blamed me for that. Thankfully, that didn't happen. But I will continue to justify my actions. So many people from the gay community were telling me, 'That's wrong! That's wrong! That's wrong!' and I don't want to say that's wrong or right -- it's just what I'm not going to do anymore. And don't forget -- Out put Anderson Cooper and Jodie Foster on their cover.

We definitely did. And I think a huge part of the problem regarding queer kids not having role models has to do with celebrities refusing to come out.
I agree. I wholeheartedly agree. And like I said -- I'm still going to be sassy. Like, if I know someone is gay and in the closet I might just repeatedly say that person has a very pretty face [laughs]. I'm still going to be me. To me, that's still being playful and sassy. But I'm not forcing anyone to come out. I'm not outing anyone. And I don't even know that that's what I'm going to do. I'm not putting myself in a box or saying "This is what I'll do or won't do." It's all going to be case by case, post by post situation. I'm just trying to be more thoughtful.

I know that Lady Gaga is one of your best friends and she's been a huge mobilizing force for gay rights. What has she taught you?
We talked about this [move I'm making] a lot before I did it and she was a huge supporter of the decision and acknowledged how risky and big this change is for me. But she encouraged me and inspired me in so many ways. I think she and her music are saving lives. And I want to save lives, too.

What do you want to say to those who don't believe that you can make this change, that it's just some kind of publicity stunt?
Think what you want to think. Say what you want to say. I'm already making this change. I already feel relieved and inspired, and hopefully that's inspiring to other people.

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