"I grew up knowing a lot of gay men and it was never something that I even thought twice about-that some men were gay and some weren't," the Mirror quoted him as saying. He added: "And then I went to school and (for) the first time ... I came across homophobia. I had never encountered it before. It shocked me. I have always hated anybody who is not tolerant of gay men or lesbians or bisexuals."
"I have described myself as being 'gently eccentric' and slightly different as a person just because I've had a very different set of influences growing up than anybody else in my peer group did. I think it's important for somebody from a big, commercial movie series like Harry Potter and particularly because I am not gay or bisexual or transgendered. ... The fact that I am straight makes not a difference, but it shows that straight people are incredibly interested and care a lot about this as well."
The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 by three filmmakers. Their movie, 'Trevor', about a gay teen who attempts suicide, won an Academy Award for best short film.