Geordie Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall is about to shock people in her home region after claiming that some have an “old-fashioned mindset” about the LGBTQ community.
Jade, 28, who grew up in South Shields, said she has always struggled with this attitude, as she explains how she became a great advocate and supporter of the LGBTQ community and its rights.
Asked by interviewer Lennie Ware if she thought it was “difficult in the north,” Jade replied, “It’s really difficult. I think it’s like, yeah, a little smaller in mind, a little bit of an old-fashioned mentality.
“A lot of people are willing to listen, but they just don’t get it because it’s like passed down from generation to generation, right.
“So if your grandfather is raised to be homophobic, then of course their son is going to listen to that then, and that toxic masculinity permeates every generation.”
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“It was very like that growing up – I kind of figured it was wrong, and I didn’t agree with that, but I didn’t know how to express it.”
Speaking on the Table Manners podcast, she said, “My first love was drag culture before the LGBT scene. Very young, I didn’t really understand what it was. I had just seen these divas like Diana Ross or Cher and got obsessed.
“Once a year my family and I would always go to Benidorm, and we would go see all the drag acts and I would watch them and I was fascinated. I was wondering “who are these amazing adult cartoons?” “
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“And then we would come home, and all of a sudden it wasn’t celebrated anymore.
“It was very weird. And then I got into musical theater, and I had a lot of gay friends who couldn’t go out.
“They should leave South Shields to feel like they can live somewhere where it will be accepted.”
Jade added, “I contacted Stonewall first and asked to meet them and teach me how to be a better ally, and learn more about this and the history of LGBT rights.”
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