Stage and screen star Julie Andrews has spoken out about her longtime support for the LGBTI community.
Asked when she first became aware she was an ally to the LGBTI community, the Mary Poppins and Victor/Victoria star told the Advocate: “That’s hard to answer, because, just always!
“Theatre, anyway, is such an open community and free. I don’t think there’s been a time when I haven’t been (an ally).
“I have to say, though, in my hometown, in my community, I was very aware of bias and bigotry, and couldn’t understand it.
“I was raised not to be that way and not to think that way, and it always seemed puzzling to me that the world wasn’t just embracing human beings.
“But it’s never been something that I stumbled on. It’s just always been innate, thanks I think to the professions that I am in. But also the way I was raised.”
The actress’ new series “Julie’s Greenroom”, produced by Sesame Street mastermind Jim Henson and aiming to teach children about the performing arts, is available on Netflix.
Watch a trailer below: