4.30.2009

my former next door neighbour comes out as a lesbian

You know I never post celebrity gossip, because I pay less than zero attention to any of it. I never even know what the tabloid headlines are referring to. But when Allan sent me this item, well, it just had to go up.

For a time in Brooklyn, we lived next door to actor Kelly McGillis. She frequented the cafe where Allan waited tables, and was sometimes seen there with Jodie Foster. Everyone knew McGillis was gay.

This was no big deal, as half the people in our neighbourhood were gay, and it was New York City in the late 1980s, and no one really cared. But McGillis wasn't out, and seemed to have male beards hanging around, so that was sometimes a topic of conversation.

Today Allan sent me this story: Kelly McGillis has come out.

She's 51 years old and she's an actor and a beautiful woman and she's gay.

It's never too late to be yourself.

I applaud McGillis for taking what was obviously a huge, scary step into the unknown. Get out there and be yourself.

14 comments:

sassy said...

To each in their own time. Good for her.

West End Bob said...

Wonder how current the pic is?

She looks better now than in her "Top Gun" days!

Gives us all something to strive for . . . .

L-girl said...

I know, she looks amazing! That's the pic media is using for this story, so I assume it's pretty current.

Cornelia said...

It's never too late to be yourself.

Yeah, it's best to stand to yourself. Be encouraged!!

MSEH said...

Yeah, I was pretty jazzed to see that. You just never know - unless, of course, you're neighbours! I mean, I'm so out of it, I just found out Suze Orman is a lesbian. Who knew? Not me. Back to KM - I *love* that she has turned down roles because they insisted she dye her hair and she won't. Cool - she says as the gray keeps taking over more and more of her head!

L-girl said...

I only know about Suze Orman because I happened to have been a regular reader (at that time) of the column where she came out. A NY Times columnist was doing an interview, and Orman said she and her partner would be a lot better off financially if they could be legally married!

Orman is great. Her coming out has probably done a lot to "normalize" lesbians for many people. (Along with Ellen DeGeneres's, of course.)

I didn't know that about McGillis re roles and gray hair - extra cool!!

John F said...

In related news, it's great to see more states allowing equal marriage. There are, what, four now? And it seems that Maine and New Hampshire will soon follow. I also remember reading that Gov. Paterson in New York would like to pass a law.

Very positive news after the disappointment of Prop 8.

As more and more high-profile people come out, and the idea of actual gay people who aren't comic relief TV characters sinks in, more states will make the change. Except for Utah, of course...

The only downside I can see is that it will decrease gay tourism into Canada. Come on, people, we accept you and we need your dollars! ;-)

L-girl said...

Yes, four states (CT, IA, MA, VT), and a few more on the way.

I guess you were joking about "except Utah", but there are plenty more states that will not join the short list. That's why it has to be federal - just like all civil rights.

John F said...

I guess you were joking about "except Utah"I was. I try not to use more than one emoticon per comment. I was joking about the way the Mormon church is the silent partner/sugar daddy in the anti-gay marriage camp.

I believe that a change in federal law will come, in large part because of the normalization you mentioned. In no more than a decade or so (or less, I hope), the idea of keeping two people in love from solemnizing their union will seem as silly as the chastity belt.

Cornelia said...

Federal would be best, but in the meantime...

L-girl said...

I find it strange how everyone focuses on the Mormons, when the Catholic Church is so much more extensive and influential, as well as all the Evangelicals.

I'm sure it will happen federally. I've always been sure of that, because no people's movement for equality can be stopped. How long it will take, that's another story.

L-girl said...

In the meantime, millions of Americans do not have full citizenship rights.

John F said...

I find it strange how everyone focuses on the MormonsPersonally, I grew up in southern Alberta, which has the largest concentration of Mormons outside Utah. So when I think of opposition to progress, I think of all my childhood buddies.

L-girl said...

Ah-ha, that makes sense! (And sorry to hear that.)

Growing up in the NYC area, I think of the Catholic church.

And people on the US west coast and in the South think of the Evangelicals.