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Peter Paige on the LGBT movement: “In the scope of human history, this is the most expeditious human rights movement ever.”

la gay and lesbian centers anniversary gala show Peter Paige provided the crowd at last Saturday’s 40th anniversary LA Gay & Lesbian Center gala with the some of the evening’s most emotional moments when he shared how The Center had been there for him when he was a young, unknown actor in need of a therapist.

Peter, best known for playing Emmett for five seasons on Showtime’s Queer as Folk, is a member of The Center’s Board of Directors and always someone with good insight into LGBT issues.

I got his thoughts on the fight for LGBT in the seven years since Queer as Folk left the air.

“I think we’re making great headway,” said the 41-year-old actor-writer-director. “I know there are challenges and I know there are crazy people. The far right, I call them the death rattles. They are, I think, frustrated and scared and don’t know why so I think that’s why they’re lashing back the way that a cornered cat lashes back.”

Although the fight against California’s Proposition 8 drags on in the courts, Paige remains optimistic and encouraged.

“I think it’s pretty incredible where we’ve come,” he said. “Same-sex marriage is polling over 50 percent. It’s really extraordinary. When I was a kid 25 years ago, it wouldn’t have occurred to me. Stonewall was just over 40 years ago – we were getting arrested and thrown into paddy wagons just for being us. In the scope of human history, this is the most expeditious human rights movement ever.”

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