Gay man with Down’s syndrome wins army of fans after starring in ‘hugely life-affirming’ documentary
Viewers have fallen in love with a gay man with Down’s syndrome who began to explore his sexuality on the Channel 4 documentary Home Free.
Viewers quickly warmed to Curtis, 27, from London, who won a legion of fans after his mother revealed his affinity for men with beards.
“Curtis, he’s very definitely gay. He can’t fake the fact that he gets very excited about large bearded men and he wears his heart on his sleeve,” she said.
In one scene Curtis earnestly declares his love for a man at the cafe he works at. “You know how I want to marry you. You’re my boyfriend,” he said, adding: “I like men with beards.”
But in spite of his enthusiasm, his mother explained that Curtis has been struggling to fully understand his sexuality – because he just loves everyone he meets.
“Curtis is a gay man. But he loves everybody,” she said. “The confusion isn’t over his sexuality, it’s over how he copes with people making assumptions about him. He gets so anxious about upsetting people because he knows he can’t really be with a girl.”
The documentary sees Curtis getting plenty of female attention at a disco, which confuses him. His initial reaction was to ask one to be his girlfriend, but this left him feeling uncertain.
He tells his support worker: “I asked her to be my girlfriend. But I don’t like girls.” She agrees that it is “a bit of an issue”, to which Curtis replies: “I decided to like men not girls. I don’t want a girlfriend. I feel lonely.”
He later admitted his confusion to his mother, who advised him: “You’ll know when it feels right.”
She told the camera: “There are just not enough men in his life, not enough gay men. We have had a few talks about whether he’s ready for dating, but maybe that’s the next step.”
Fortunately, his brother Degs has the answer: Tinder. He steps in and helps Curtis set up an online dating profile.
“He’s more ready for a relationship since he’s lived on his own, he’s more happy. It’s all he talks about,” Degs said. “He’s wanted a boyfriend for about ten years.”
Judging by his popularity online we don’t think he’ll have to wait long. Soon after the show aired, Twitter was flooded with fans declaring Curtis to be a “gay icon”.
Curtis on #HomeFree is a gay icon. His pics for his tinder profile are class 😂🏳️🌈
— 🌹 Callum Garner 🌹 (@calgpharm) November 25, 2019
Go for it Curtis 😂 #HomeFree
— ⚡️ｃｒａｉｇ⚡️ (@cb_038) November 25, 2019
— 🌎 Angie 🌎 (@GreenAndShiney) November 25, 2019
I love Curtis! He’s ace!! #homefree
— Charlotte Ann Goss (@Tea_girl10) November 27, 2019
Watching channel 4 and cannot help but laugh, Curtis is the funniest wee man 😂 “now i smell sexy” programmes like this just make me smile. #homefree
— Katie preston (@katie_preston1) November 25, 2019
Oh I just love Curtis and his mum #HomeFree
— Abs (@abbiejamse) November 25, 2019
Curtis is amazing and so is his mum supporting him bless them both ! ♥️ Curtis some man would make you happy when least expected ! Team Curtis #HomeFree
— Roberto Diniro (@primmacoffee) November 25, 2019
Aww I just love Curtis.
He’s so sweet.
He’ll make someone a lovely partner one day xx 💕
— ManUtdMrs (@ManUtdMrs) November 25, 2019
Hats off to Channel 4 for raising awareness of LGBT+ people with disabilities.