EXCLUSIVE: Renée Zellweger reveals touching moment she knew she had to be a LGBT ally

Renée Zellweger speaks exclusively to PinkNews

Fresh from playing gay icon Judy Garland, Renée Zellweger reveals the moment she knew she had to be a LGBT+ ally.

Speaking exclusively to PinkNews as part of our First Times series, Zellweger also shares what it was like attending Pride in London and her first time going to a gay bar.

“The first time I went to a gay bar? It’s happened a lot,” she tells PinkNews.

“It would’ve been – and let me do the math and this is horrendous because I’m revealing way more than I want to – it would’ve been 1986.

“I would’ve had to snuck out and stayed out all night, much to the chagrin of my mum who might be watching this now.

“Sorry mum,” she jokes.

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Zellweger on being a LGBT+ ally.

Speaking exclusively to PinkNews, Zellweger shares the touching moment she knew she had to be an LGBT+ ally.

“I was 17 and I had a friend who wanted to change his name and his father was quite cruel to him,” she explains.

“I didn’t understand because he was so special and such a lovely person that anyone could find any reason not to be anything but proud of being related to him and wanting to celebrate him.

“He just didn’t want to be who his father wanted him to be, you know. And that should be OK. I mean, at the very least that should be OK.

“And then the rest of it was, you know, it seems like we have better things to worry about today than who people love.”

Her first time at Pride in London.

Zellweger also talked about her experience of attending Pride in London this year for the first time.

“I’d been to [Pride] in America, in Palm Springs, quite a few times but it was ages ago – and white parties,” she says.

“I went to London Pride for the first time this year and it was thrilling – absolutely thrilling.”

Judy is out in the UK on 2 October 2019.