Talking to the Huffington post whilst promoting her latest film, The Fifth Wave, actress Chloë Grace Moretz opened up about subject of family and LGBT equality.
I feel like we put so many labels on so many things in our society. And my big issue is not just the fact that people are against LGBT [but] it’s the fact that we’d have to come out and say who we’re interested in. There should never even be a question…It doesn’t matter! It’s not an issue! Why are we even living in a society where we have to answer those questions? That’s a question that shouldn’t be asked!”
She also explained how the treatment of LGBT people has confused her from a young age.
Definitely in the beginning it was a confusion on my part as to why anyone even cared. That was kind of my big thing as a kid, i was kind of like, ‘well why do they even care who they find is cute. The way my family has always been is no matter what it is, whether you’re gay, you don’t like a sport, whatever it is, we stick up for one another. So I immediately started filling that role from a really young age because I was on a platform to where people would listen to me and they would hear what I was saying.
So I could defend them on an even larger scale, by promoting it in magazines and interviews and speaking about it on social media and just trying to promote equality.”
This is not the first time the actress has talked about her relationship with her two gay brothers and her strong pro LGBT beliefs.
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As the world grows more tolerant, there’s an increasing range of destinations for LGBT families to travel to. In many ways it’s never been easier for rainbow families to go on holiday. That said, there are still a few challenges to be overcome.
Firstly, communicate with your child. Your little one will almost certainly know that your family is a little different to other families out there, so make sure that he or she is aware of the realities of the place you’re travelling to. Will the destination be as accepting of your family as your home country is? Talking these things through before you leave will save hassle later on.
Please also choose your destination wisely. Some cultures are more accepting of LGBTs than others, so do appraise yourself of local customs and beliefs. We strongly recommend you do your research through gay travel websites such as OUT Adventures and Further Afield.
By far the best tip we can offer is make sure everything is legal. Will the country or state you are travelling to legally recognise your family and your right to be an LGBT parent. Just because everything is legal at home, this may not be true abroad, and the last thing you’ll want to happen is to end up languishing in a foreign gaol.
Ensure that you bring all the legally-binding documents that prove you’re married and that you’re the legal parent of your child. For this information it is always worth contacting your nation’s embassy in the country you want to go to. Make sure that you have travel insurance in case you get into any kind of trouble at all. It’s always worth paying a higher premium for a more comprehensive service.
As the summer approaches, a team of experts have come up with some top tips for a hassle-free and fun-packed LGBT family holiday. Residence Inn, lesbian mums’ blog Mombian.com and the Family Equality Council organised an hour-long Twitter forum which threw up all manner of great advice. You can see it all for yourself by searching for #RI Family and #TMOM.
The top ten tips that came out of the session are as follows:
- @Mombian advised that, to avoid bureaucracy, parents should make sure they take with them adoption papers that name them as the legal parents or guardians of their children.
- Be prepared for any eventuality, said @TravelingMoms.
- Stay abreast of the news as it relates to your travel destination. The UK Foreign Office and US Department of State websites are especially helpful in this regard.
- Everyone agreed with @lifewithroozle’s statement that parts of the world that permit LGBT marriage are a pleasure to visit. Other tweeters claimed that Quebec was a great example of that. @MeaganShany mentioned that Florida and Portland, Oregon are worth going to, even though neither places yet allow gay marriage.
- Do not keep all your important papers in the same place while on holiday. @SeymaShabbir suggested backing up documents digitally.
- Your holiday is sure to be more enjoyable if you take the time to learn the local customs, said @LavLuz. Also be prepared for your kids’ complaints i.e. ‘Are we there yet?’ ‘I’m bored!’ ‘I’m tired!’
- Making the most of hotels’ creature comforts can make you feel right at home. Residence Inn, for example, offers a complimentary breakfast with every room.
- Sadly, much of the world remains ignorant and intolerant of LGBT families, so don’t be shocked or upset if you encounter prejudice, argued @DesignerDaddy. Try to stay confident and friendly.
- Many LGBT mums and dads travel for the purpose of international adoption. @DebOnTheRocks offers excellent support and guidance to such parents, every step of the process.
- As @KimSimes said, re-train the kids’ sleep patterns before travelling to a new time zone.