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Nick Jonas Talks Gay Fan Following and Equal Rights

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Nick Jonas is a busy guy. Not only is his band of brothers, the Jonas Brothers, on a brink of a reunion, but he’s also starting his Broadway run in ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.’ While making the rounds to promote his role, Jonas sat down with the Advocate to talk gay marriage (he supports it), gay bullying (he loathes it) and gay fans (he loves them).

Because the Jonas Brothers primary demographic is teen and tween girls, Jonas admits he was a bit surprised at learning of their gay following — but it was an absolutely pleasant surprise. “We love our gay fans,” he told the Advocate. “It was definitely cool when we realized that, because the more you can grow your audience, the more people you can impact,” he said earnestly.

It was also a stylish surprise. “They’ve been incredible over the years,” Jonas gushed. “My brothers and I totally look forward to meeting them, because they really respond to our style, and it’s cool to see how our influence has impacted what they’re wearing.” An extra incentive? Jonas says their gay fans pick the best presents! “They also give really good gifts at our meet-and-greets — hats, scarves, and other things,” Jonas said. “They always have good taste.”

Nick revealed that he has good taste as well — and a good heart. He plans on following in the footsteps of  ‘Glee’ star Darren Criss and Daniel Radcliffe not only in portraying J. Pierrepont Finch on Broadway, but also by endorsing the Trevor Project and It Gets Better Campaign. “Once I join the show, I plan to do all I can on a few different efforts, including Trevor Project and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS,” Jonas revealed. “I want to inspire all young people, whether they’re diabetic, being bullied, or just having a hard time at home. Dealing with diabetes has been tough, but I’ve also been so blessed, and I feel I can give real encouragement and inspiration to young people dealing with similar issues.”

The only thing Jonas is more passionate about than his work is love. He doesn’t touch upon his own love life, but he does reveal that he believes that it pretty much makes the world go round — and that everyone should have an equal opportunity to express and celebrate it.

“My thoughts on gay marriage are that everyone has the right to love and be loved, and that’s the position I take,” Jonas said. When the magazine pointed out that his stance may conflict with his Evangelical upbringing, Jonas was tactful. “My upbringing was faith-based, but we believed you should love all others as you want to be loved, because everyone should be treated equally,” he said simply. “That’s helped me have an understanding of people on different journeys and in different walks of life.”

“At the end of the day, we’re all the same, because we all want to be loved,” Jonas said. “As long as love is the key, we’re in good shape.”

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