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Quite some time ago, Taylor Launter was spotted having a lunch meeting with Dustin Lance Black and Gus Vant Sant. It was obviously innocent enough, just a friendly meeting of the minds, possibly talking about a new project and what not. However, since Dustin and Gus are proud-and-out gays and rumors have been circulating about Taylor's sexuality since he told Bella a scary story in Twilight, people jumped to some really ludacris conclutions about their dining experience.
One such person was the writer for GQ Australia who interviewed Tay Tay last month and asked him just about that meal. Specifically, he asked if either Dustin or Gus made a pass on Launter, who politley insisted that they didn't.
"Really Mr. GQ writer? I'm curious, will you be asking all of the handsome actors I've ever had the privilege of working with or meeting if I made passes at them as well? I'd love to be there when you ask Sean Penn that same question. Or, Mr. GQ writer, were you projecting your own unprofessional desires onto me and Gus? Above and beyond this clear attack on my character, I'm shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators. I mean, would you have asked this same question if it were Diablo Cody and Kathryn Bigelow at dinner with Mr. Lautner?
Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated. It's not the 1950s anymore GQ, it's 2011 and it's time to grow up."
Well said, sir! As per usual!
We understand the desperate need to uncover truths about young celebrities all to well, but not for the sake of slandering another person's good name simply because of his sexual orientation.
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