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This past weekend, Stephen Amell, the Canadian actor who plays Green Arrow in the CW series Arrow, posted two photos to social media of him and his wife attending Vancouver Pride with some friends. A handful of homophobic commenters began saying that they didn’t agree with Amell’s choice to attend a Pride event, criticizing him for “not caring as much about poverty and homeless kids” and talking about the ungodliness of LGBTQ people.
In response, Amell wrote:
“I had a fantastic weekend in Vancouver with my wife and friends, met some terrific people and more than anything just tried to soak in all the positive energy from people living their best lives. If I’m in Vancouver next year I won’t just go back, I’ll walk in the parade. So for everyone in their negative pants: Go be on the wrong side of history on somebody else’s Facebook page. xo”
Amell also reposted one of the photos and added the words “Don’t like it? Don’t care.”
The queerphobia of his fans is notable considering that Arrow has a major gay romantic plot line. In the show, a secondary character named Mr. Terrific is gay and has a husband who disapproves of Mr. Terrific training to become a superhero.
The character who played the Green Arrow’s ex-girlfriend in the show was later revealed to be bisexual in the spinoff series Legends of Tomorrow.
As a Canadian himself, it makes sense that Amell would attend a Pride event in his home country as Canada has long led the North American continent in terms of LGBTQ rights. The country legalized consensual same-sex relations in 1969 (34 years before the U.S.), same-sex marriage in 2005 (10 years before the U.S.), allows transgender people to serve openly in its military and is accepting LGBT refugees fleeing persecution in Chechnya (unlike the U.S.).