How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris says he’s no gay icon

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: Actor Neil Patrick Harris attends the Build series to discuss the Netflix drama 'Lemony Snicket's a Series Of Unfortunate Events' at Build Studio on January 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Actor Neil Patrick Harris has said he is not interested in being a gay icon, as he appeared as the official international ambassador to Tel Aviv Pride.

The How I Met Your Mother star arrived in Israel this week alongside his husband, actor David Burtka, to celebrate the LGBT+ event.

Harris, who has two children via surrogacy and is a part of several LGBT+ rights groups, said he did not see himself as a symbol of the community.

Speaking to the Associated Press, he said: “I’m just a guy who is married to another guy and we have kids and we live our lives I would say as ‘normally’ as one would. But I think normal is a very subjective term, especially in the gay community.

“I legitimately have no interest in being a representative or an ambassador for anything except my kids.”

Israel’s Tourism Ministry website announced his participation earlier this month.

“Tel Aviv has become a symbol of the openness and acceptance of the LGBTQ community on the world stage,” Harris said in a statement.

Israel Pride

People take part in Tel Aviv Pride (JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

“We are honoured to be in Israel for the first time and have the honour to take part in this beautiful celebration and to stand with the LGBTQ community in Israel and around the world, especially on the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.”

Israel is considered one of the most LGBT+ tolerant countries in the Middle East.

Having decriminalised homosexuality in 1988, discrimination against those who identify as queer was prohibited in 1992.

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