Hugh Jackman is happy to be a gay icon

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Jackman was visiting the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand where he performed with students in the Oceania Voices choir who went viral last year with their rendition of “This is Me” from his musical film The Greatest Showman. During a press conference, Jackman was asked what he thinks about his status of gay icon and whether he is going to work for LGBT community further. Jackman was referring to his 2003 Tony-winning performance as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz, a musical about the musician who was singer Liza Minelli’s first husband before coming out as gay and eventually dying of HIV-related cancer in 1992. He said that as a man who played this role he is a fan of storytelling. And he is really proud that the stories he tells can support someone and solve global problems like discrimination and hate crimes. He is a straight man married to a woman named Deborah and she supports his pro-LGBT position.

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