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Glee Star Darren Criss Says That He's Culturally Queer

Darren Criss is so good at playing gay on TV that many of his fans thought he was actually queer until he clarified that he is cis and straight. But that doesn't mean he doesn't have a deep connection to the queer community.

One of the actor’s most remembered roles is Blaine Anderson from Glee, and during an appearance at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, he was asked about the impact of his character and the on-screen relationship with Chris Colfer’s Kurt.

“F***ing awesome,” Criss said about portraying the gay character. “It was a narrative that I cared deeply about.”

Criss identifies as a straight, cisgender male and attributes his understanding of the LGBTQ+ community to his upbringing in San Francisco, California.

“I have been so culturally queer my whole life,” he said. “Not because I’m trying, you know, actually, I was gonna say, not because I’m trying to be cool, but I’m gonna erase that, because I am trying to be cool. The things in my life that I have tried to emulate, learn from, and be inspired by are 100 percent queer as f***.”

Criss continued, “It was in queer communities that I’ve found people that I idolize, that I want to learn something from. And I’d say that’s a gross generalization, that’s a lot of things and a lot of people. But I grew up in San Francisco in the ’90s. I watched men die. There was an awareness of the gay experience that was not a foreign concept to me. So, it was a narrative that I cared deeply about.”

The actor portrayed Blaine in the series Glee for six seasons and went on to play other gay characters, like Andrew Cunanan, in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. He also played the titular role in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

What does that even mean? Is this a new pronoun I’m going to have to learn? Low key though, I’d still turn his guts into soup because Darren is very attractive.

All jokes aside, I will say this. I'm all for having straight allies. Allies of any marginalized community is always a good thing.

However, you don't need to invent a new term (which to me seems like he embodies gay stereotypes aka being a theater nerd) in order to show love to a community that inspires you artistically.

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