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Van Hansis shares post-Orlando thoughts: ‘You’ve got to stay angry, and you’ve got to stay vigilant’

Four-time Emmy nominee Van Hansis (The Eastsiders, As the World Turns) and his partner, actor Tyler Hanes (one of the stars of the Broadway revival of Cats) have done a joint interview for Playbill and I was struck by what Van said when asked what the couple’s plans were for NYC Pride this year which comes two weeks after the massacre inside of a gay nightclub in Orlando. ‘I think it’s really important to stay out there and keep fighting and to not let something like this terrible tragedy stop the celebration and the ownership of how far we’ve all come,’ he says. ‘It’s very telling that even though gay marriage passed across the country and things have changed so much for the positive, there’s still this underlying homophobia. You’ve got to stay angry, and you’ve got to stay vigilant. You have to ask for more than just moments of silence and prayers at times like this.’

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