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GQ Apologizes To Dustin Lance Black Over “Did He Hit On You?” Taylor Lautner Question

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In a recent issue of GQ Australia a writer doing an article on Taylor Lautner asked whether or not  Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant, who are both openly gay, hit on him during a recent dinner together where Lautner replied, “No, definitely not. I think they know I’m straight. But they’re great guys. They’re a lot of fun.”

Dustin did not take that question well and responded with this posting on his blog

“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and beyond this clear attack on my character, I’m shocked that GQ would allow their writer to lean on the scurrilous, outdated stereotype that gay men are by nature sexual predators.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Leaning on lies, myths and stereotypes about gay people is hateful, harmful and outdated.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 GQ has issued an apology (via it’s Facebook page not it’s website or print magazine of course) stating:

“We’ve seen some of the comments floating around regarding our recent interview with Taylor Lautner and apologize if anyone was offended by anything in the article.

It certainly wasn’t our intention to paint anyone in the story as a sexual predator. The point we were actually trying to push was that Taylor is irresistible to virtually everyone – regardless of sexuality or gender. Hence the film crew cheering at his shirtless scenes while shooting ‘Twilight’, and Mark Wahlberg deeming him better looking than Leonardo DiCaprio.”

Well I guess that’s something at least.

Perhaps GQ Austrailia never got the memo that GQ is the “Gayest Non Gay Magazine” and 10.39 percent of it’s male readers are gay or bisexual

Personally I think Dustin Lance Black is hotter than Taylor Lautner any day of the week!


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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