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“Queer Eye” stars Karamo Brown and Bobby Berk were among the many who came out to support Saturday night’s Hearts of Gold concert at the Greek Theater, a celebration the 50th anniversary of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
But the topic inevitably turned to their costar Jonathan Van Ness, who came out as HIV+ and a survivor of sexual abuse earlier in the day in an interview with The New York Times.
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“We’ve been there supporting him around this decision that he had to make,” Berk told Variety. “We’re just so happy that he feels supported today. It’s been a positive thing. People are having a good reaction to it. And that’s all that we can hope for — that he’s happy and feels supported.”
Brown drew a connection between Van Ness and the LGBT Center. “As Bobby talked about: Jonathan is doing exactly what the center does,” said Brown, who worked there with kids in need of positive role models for seven years. “And what we try to promote on ‘Queer Eye,’ which is letting people know: ‘You’re not alone. And that if I can make it, you can make it, too.’”
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Center CEO Lorri L. Jean opened the evening with a speech about the center’s history and fight for LGBTQ rights. “Every human being deserves freedom, justice and equality, dignity respect and love, acceptance, health and happiness and that is what your center is fighting for and what we’ve spent 50 years building,” she said.
Brown was a social worker at the center for seven years before becoming a “Queer Eye” star. “I know first-hand what it is like for kids who come here — because if they don’t have any support, they feel lost, like their life is over. And this group of people rally around them and say, ‘We love you.’”
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