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Graham Norton: It is ‘heartbreaking’ that ‘self loathing’ gays judge camp guys

Joseph McCormick December 21, 2015
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Graham Norton has hit out at gay people who judge people for being camp, saying it is “heartbreaking”.

The star spoke out in an interview with Winq magazine, and was asked about the future of camp.

He said: “There is a weird self-loathing in the gay community, but I think things are changing. As gays and straights mix together more and the world becomes much more homogenised, we’re going to become less defined by our sexuality.

Going on, Norton said: “Will camp still be a thing? I don’t know. I was just an effeminate little boy who turned into an effeminate man. And I think you still see little boys now and think, ‘Aw, he’s so going to be gay!’ And that’s something that just seems to appear in nature, it just seems to happen. I think it’s weird that there is a section of the gay community that then judges those little boys. All that kind of stuff is just heartbreaking.”

Later in the interview, of the Irish same-sex marriage referendum, Norton said: “I think in a way people saw the yes vote as a pro-gay thing, but I think more than that, it was a rejection of the Church.

“It was people in Ireland flexing their muscles and saying, ‘No, we are mature adults and we can make decisions about things and whenever in the past we listened to the Catholic Church, it didn’t work out so well!’”

The full interview will be in the next edition of Winq magazine,

Norton earlier this year said he thinks gay men his age don’t want to date “someone their age”.

The host, 52, said he felt pressure to be “settled”, and that people often asked when he was going to get into a serious relationship.

PinkNews earlier this year caught up with Matt Baume about the ‘death of camp’ and of same-sex marriages.

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