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22 Apr 2013

Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan comes out... as a LGBT ally

Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has come out as an ally of LGBTs and is urging others to do the same.

In the new public service campaign video by GLAAD, titled "Jackie Chan comes out…", Chan is heard saying, “It’s not enough to talk about those fighting for freedom, for equality, until you are one of those fighting.” He continues as he is seen literally walking out of a closet, "I'm Jackie Chan and I'm coming out of the closet as a friend fighting for equality."

Jackie Chan

While Chan is a household name across Asia, the 58-year-old isn't known to be an advocate for LGBT equality or human rights in general in his native Hong Kong. In fact, the Hong Kong-born star was embroiled in some controversy last year and in 2009 when he suggested that the right to protest should be limited.

GLAAD is an US non-governmental media monitoring organisation which promotes the image of LGBT people in the media.

Titled Coming Out For Equality and helmed by director Brett Ratner, other participants of the campaign Tamala Jones (Castle), Giada De Laurentiis (Food Network), DeRay Davis (21 Jump Street), Hudson Taylor, Jaime King (Hart of Dixie), Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Kristen Johnston (The Exes), Sarah Shahi (The L Word), and Pauley Perrette (NCIS). Additional participants and videos will be released later this month.

GLAAD announced last year that it was developing the campaign with Ratner after he stepped down as producer of the Academy Awards in 2011 over an incident in which he used an anti-gay slur (“rehearsing is for fags”) as a joke at a press conference.

Reader's Comments

1. 2013-04-22 20:36  
Even people in Ireland know who Jackie Chan is.

Incidentally, given how this site regularly, randomly follows pro-gay developments in other countries, perhaps someone in Fridae might like to look into the news in Ireland last week of a cross-society Committee, comprising the public, politicians and religious figures, voting in the clear majority that gay people Should be allowed to marry and have full, equal marriage rights?

This committee was tasked by the Irish Government to investigate and make a clear expression of the Irish public mood on gay equality; as such, that view must now be acted upon by the government, most likely with a public referendum in 2014. Polls regularly show a figure of approx. 74% of Irish people being in support of full and equal gay marriage here.

There. Now you don't need to run That story... :-P
2. 2013-04-22 21:00  
I hope this encourages more GAM's to come out.

If you all came out we'd need a new country!
3. 2013-04-22 22:11  
It has been known for many years that Jacky Chan is gay. Why doesn't he REALLY come out of the closet ?
4. 2013-04-22 22:54  
Like very much
5. 2013-04-23 01:49  
He is bi. He always kiss wang lee hon
6. 2013-04-23 01:49  
He is bi. He always kiss wang lee hon
7. 2013-04-23 01:49  
He is bi. He always kiss wang lee hon
8. 2013-04-23 04:35  
Talking about covering gay events in other countries: I heard on the radio that South Korea's LGBT movement suffered a severe setback this week-end when a law proposal against discrimination including discr. against LGBT was withdrawn thanks to successful lobbying from Evangelical churches. I could not find a news item, but perhaps this should be covered by Fridae!
9. 2013-04-23 08:16  
actually this puts a smile on my face.... dont care for the hypothesizing if the man is gay, bi or straight.... admire his courage to come out for the lgbt community.... good man, good personality and like his movies :-)
10. 2013-04-23 08:19  
This guy is an unabashed apologist for the horrible government in Beijing. He has said that Chinese need discipline and are not ready for democracy. He's the last guy the LGBT movement needs on his side.
11. 2013-04-23 11:59  
There is no such thing as 'bi'. Only gays who cannot face the fact.
12. 2013-04-23 12:08  
Jackie is an old man; he is not 58.. actors aging stops somewhere. He is ten years oldier than I am so in the seventies. His wrinkle even smoothed by hormone treatment shows his aging ; anyway, his movies are all the same scenario; his support is not thanked. His stupid verbal assaults on nations make us look like idiots. LGB and T are two different things, especially LGB do not want to be seen as T as T makes all of us like she males etc.. creating very bad image in society.. really.. So what is he supporting LGB or T?
Comment edited on 2013-04-23 12:14:54
13. 2013-04-23 18:51  

Jackie is NOT 68 as you put it. Check his filmography and you can estimate his age. You are an old man yourself.
14. 2013-04-23 18:56  

What is that supposed to mean? Bi means one likes both sexes, pure and simple!
15. 2013-04-23 21:53  
"What is that supposed to mean ?"

It means that there are (lots of) gays who are in denial about their sexual preference. So they make up this "bi-sexual"- identity to cover up the fact that they are homosexuals, plain and simple. They are so scared by the possibility, or he social stigma attached to the possibility, that they are not "real" men. So they come up with this lame-ass excuse of 'yes, I like men. But I also like women, so therefore I am not really gay. Let's call it "bi-sexual" and everybody is happy'.

They are, of course, deluded fools. And cowards as well.
16. 2013-04-24 03:37  

Why are there so many gays that are simply ignoring the fact that bisexuality is a sexual identity like being heterosexual or homosexual. In fact, I think bisexuality is a more frequent sexual identity than any other else. Please show bisexual men and women respect by recognize them as equals. Bisexuals are not potential homosexuals that have not confirmed their "true" identity.
If Jacki Chan is bisexual, or not-so what?
Let us positively embrace him taking an officiial stands for gay rights.
17. 2013-04-24 07:38  
Comment edited on 2013-04-24 07:41:37
18. 2013-04-24 11:02  
Let's just thank Jackie Chan for his support. Plain and simple. And stop character assassination. When gay bitchiness is not clever repartee it becomes tragic. As for labels like gay, straight, bi. It's up to the individual.
Thank you Jackie Chan!
--from an "old" man who lived through police persecution and gay criminality.
19. 2013-04-25 21:35  
is he gay?
20. 2013-04-26 16:59  
He needs to do better to show his support to LGBT. The closet of the house he comes out is a typical American home. Is he only supporting LGBT in US? In Asia he speaks that Asian or perhaps the chinese should restraint democracy. Its like he is advocating differently at different places. I doubt his sincerity. Years back he spoke to the press that he despite gay because of his encounter during his early movie career. It is also known that the director name Loh Wei who brought to frame had many godson and reknown to be bisexual. Perhaps time has changes him. Since his anti-democratic speech, I stop supporting his movie. Jackie I hope you proof me wrong.
21. 2013-04-27 00:38  
It's God's gift that we have a world martial art superstar like Jackie Chan to support equal treatment for LGBT! Many people believe he's gay but it is his privilege to be personal, what matters most is the support he delivered! Jackie Chan, we love your support! Down with homophobic pricks!
22. 2013-05-02 09:54  
I'm one of a big fan of him, and I really appreciate his action by supporting LBGT's right of freedom and equality. And for those who's talking about his sexual orientation, stop being NAZI-SEXUAL-IDENTITY-JUDGE-BITCHES. I don't care whether he's gay, bi-sexual or straight. I do care about his action in supporting Human's right.

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