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A writer and actor who said he was barred from adopting a cat for being gay has taken in two beautiful kittens.
Alex Andreou, of Hackney, east London, told how he travelled two hours to adopt a cat in need of re-homing on Tuesday but was rejected by the owner because of his sexuality.
He said that once the cat’s owner discovered he was gay, they told him to turn back, sending a text message saying: “Are you not afraid of going to hell when you die?”
Mr Andreou was met with an outpouring of support after posting the text message exchange on social media with the RSPCA offering to help him find a “feline friend.”
On Wednesday night, Mr Andreou revealed he had been able to adopt two kittens which he named George Meowchael-Andreou and Freddie Purrcury-Andreou.
He posted a picture of his new pets with the caption: “Hello Twitter. Here is your happy ending.”
Describing his ordeal on Tuesday in a series of tweets posted to his account, he said: “So, I just travelled two hours to adopt a cat that desperately needed rehoming and was turned down for being gay. WTF IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE.
“So now I’m on the bus and I’m sobbing and people are staring at me because the truth is it hurts as much as when I was eight years old.”
In the text message exchange, the pet’s owner had asked: “How comes youre (sic) single, are you gay?”
Mr Andreou confirmed he was and asked if it was an issue before the owner responded again: “I am religious so I strongly disagree with the lifestyle. I’m sorry if I hurt your feelings.”
Mr Andreou then wrote back: “Darling, I’ve been beaten and called a ‘faggot’ since I was eight. My feelings are quite robust. And yes, sorry is precisely what you are.”
The cat’s owner then responded by saying: “Are you not afraid of going to hell when you die?”
Labour MP Stella Creasy was among those to show support for Mr Andreou and offered to put him in touch with someone she knew who was looking to find kittens a new home.
Others praised him for speaking out.
Columnist Daniel Finkelstein tweeted: “Thank you for having the bravery to share this. It’s a terrible story.”
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