Former Australian Idol fixture Ian Dicko Dickson has earned regular guest status on the gay scene of late.

He has belted out a Grease medley during the finals of Lesbian Idol and assessed sweet treats as a judge at the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation Bake-Off.

Now, the one-time music industry executive who says he’s a bit of a fag hag is stepping out for the community again amid the camp carry-on of TV celeb-fest Dancing With The Stars.

Each of the show’s couples has nominated a charity, which receives a portion of call cost proceeds when viewers vote for their favourite star by phone each week.

Dicko and dancing partner Leeanne Bampton are supporting Westmead Hospital’s Millennium Foundation, whose fundraising causes include HIV/ AIDS research.

Whether it’s politically correct to say this or not, charities come in and out of vogue, and I think people have become a little bit complacent about HIV/ AIDS, Dicko told Sydney Star Observer during a break from dancefloor rehearsals.

HIV/ AIDS has ceased to be the glamour charity in many ways, at a time when it’s become one of the most potent killers in the world.

That’s why I support the Millennium Foundation and the work they do.

Dicko’s stance will no doubt earn him plaudits in the gay community, which he said could expect more of his support.

The short answer is I guess I’m a bit of a fag hag. The longer answer is I believe in a tolerant, open society where everyone can be themselves, Dicko said.

The gay community has just got some really colourful characters and traits that I think are kind of lost on heterosexual society.

If people choose to live in same-sex relationships, then that has to be supported, because as far as I’m concerned love is love.

Darren Russell, president of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations, welcomed Dicko’s charity choice.

I think that AFAO would say that we are delighted, Russell told the Star.

Anything that raises the profile of HIV/ AIDS research is to be supported.

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