BIG TIMO NEWS today: Judas Kiss co-star Timo Descamps is Belgium’s official new Gay Icon, and he has confirmed his appearance at the film’s screening next week at Philadelphia’s QFest.
The Belgian news site, Holebi.info, announced Timo’s win on the last day of Antwerp Pride on Sunday after thousands voted. Radio personality Karolien Debecker won the female nod.
Michael Vanackere, spokesman for the sponsoring organization, Young But Not Straight, said the icons’ visibility is important to young gay Belgians. “They are not alone. [Our gay icons] create visibility for LGBT youth.”
Timo was not able to accept the award in person since he is currently in the United States promoting Judas Kiss, but he told Belgians via videochat: “We all know that a lot of work remains to be done. I want to enter this battle with you.”
Debecker, who was able to accept in person, added, “I know the difficulties gays often have to face. If I can help enlighten others even a little, I’m very happy.”