According to Equality, Amstel competes on Dancing With the Stars, “one of America’s most popular TV shows, drawing 23 million viewers weekly.” On a recent episode, after dancing a piece that told the story of an interracial couple in the ’50s, banned from marrying by US law, Amstel, who is gay, declared on air: “Everyone should be able to get married.”
Following is Equality’s brief interview Louis van Amstel.
Equality: So you raised the topic of marriage equality on the show. Was there any response?
Louis van Amstel: Hundreds wrote in, including many straight, married Christian women with children, saying they totally think it should be a right. They said how heartbreaking it would be if they could not marry the person they love. . . . The biggest reaction was from a Christian woman in Florida who absolutely did not understand the word “gay” or the freedom to be gay. In a long e-mail, she wrote how she did not agree with it. But she said, “The way you portrayed that storyline – I got it. I believe you should have the right, even though I disagree.
Equality: Growing up, did you always know you would be a dancer? Did you know you were attracted to men?
Louis van Amstel: The first question, yes. I started dancing when I was 10 and by 11, I knew this would be my life. The second question, I was 15 and I was so occupied with dancing . . . My mom actually said, “If you ever feel different, you know you can talk to your mom, right?” I had no idea what she was talking about. Somehow, it opened my mind. . . . And at 17, I had a trip to Germany. And I feel in love with someone.
Equality: So which dance is the sexiest?
Louis van Amstel: It depends. . . . If I personally dance with Karina [Smirnoff], who is also on the show, I would say the rumba.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
The Same Premise
The Response of One Gay Black Man to the Charge that King's Dream Has Been "Hijacked" by the Gay Movement
Recommended Off-site Link:
Dancing with Louis - Louis van Amstel’s Official Website.