Magic Mike XXL might be just another movie about chiseled hot bodies and sexy stripping moves, but Channing Tatum and openly gay co-star, Matt Bomer, went the extra mile to fulfill a few fantasies at the 2015 Los Angeles gay pride parade. Every year the Los Angeles pride parade is filled with thousands upon thousands of LGBTQ community members and those heterosexuals who simply support them. However, not too many were expecting the Magic Mike XXL stars to rainbow up for LA gay pride right alongside the fans.
Adorning rainbow bandanas and bracelets, Tatum told Entertainment Tonight that although he can not say he is a part of the community, it is definitely one that he loves. Tatum went on to say that supporting the gay community is integral for him. Bomer, who came out as gay in 2012, was also there to show his flag colors and support. Aside from the stars shocking fans and parade goers with their presence, the stars themselves were quite shocked when they discovered a Magic Mike XXL float. When asked about the movies float Tatum was noted as saying, “…we were like, time out! There’s a float?” The actor expressed to media that he and his friend and co-star had no idea about the float. They simply wanted to come to the parade and show their support.
Albeit the film is meant to make the female populous run to theaters and purchase tickets, gay men are in no way on the outskirts of fawning over sexy boys in stripper gear. Whether unintended or a very strategic publicity move, Magic Mike XXL stars, Tatum and Bomer’s decision to rainbow up at LA gay pride is perfect timing considering the movie opens later this year.
Aside from music, food, drinks, and a party house of patrons adorning the streets of major cities, pride parades are more than just flamboyant fun. June 28, 1969 marks the beginning for the need of pride parades as an early morning riot broke out after a violent police raid on the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village area of New York City. The Inn was an inconspicuous establishment for members of the LGBTQ community of the time, specifically for the more ridiculed members such as transvestites, young feminine men, and homeless gay youth.
Five months following the brutal raid and riot, Craig Rowell, his lover Fred Sargeant, and friends Ellen Broidy and Linda Rhodes put together a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations in Philadelphia, proposing the very first gay pride parade that was to be held in New York City. It was said that the parade would serve as a yearly reminder of the rights and respect that the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning) community deserved to have.
With smaller groups all over the United States fighting their fight for gay rights, it was not too long after that other cities joined the march with pride parades launching in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Atlanta and eventually throughout other parts of the states. Aside from the political fight that these parades and festivals represent, there is no denying that with them comes an exponential amount of freedoms, expressions, and antics that have become parade goers favorite things to watch and be a part of.
Tatum and Bomer along with another Magic Mike XXL co-star, Adam Rodriguez, are among many celebrities that support the LGBTQ community with their presence and performances. Tatum was no exception as he and Bomer boarded the movie’s float and danced a tear directly into his pants. Ripped shorts did not stop the actor, however, as he laughed it off and continued to show the crowd some much-appreciated support and fun. Magic Mike XXL sending rainbow support up for LA gay pride is one sure fired way to increase opening weekend box-office sales, however, whether or not Tatum and Bomer were in on some publicity stunt, fans were more than excited to get an up-close and personal look at the actors handsome faces and sought after bodies. Magic Mike XXL opens in theaters July 1.
By Danyol Jaye
Entertainment Tonight- See All the Fun Moments From the ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Parade Float!
The Huffington Post- Gay Voices- Channing Tatum And Matt Bomer Promote ‘Magic Mike XXL’ At L.A. Pride Parade
Stonewall Inn- Official Site
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