Congrats to actress Ellen Page who came out this weekend in an empowering speech. Ellen was in Las Vegas speaking at Time to THRIVE, a conference promoting LGBT youth when she made the announcement. She said, , “I am here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.”
Page also added, “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission.” She added, “I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”
While I applaud Ellen Page (and anyone for that matter) for coming out, I look forward to the day when this really isn’t news at all. No one announces they are straight! It’s 2014 and this really should be a non-issue!!!
The rumors have gone on for years. Is she or isn’t she? Is her best friend, Gayle King, her lover? For the record, I know and have worked with Gayle King and that woman is as straight as they come! In any case, Oprah is speaking out publicly once again, this time in an interview with Barbara Walters, denying she is a lesbian.
“I’m not even kind of a lesbian,” Winfrey says. She adds, if it were true, “Why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life” Oprah has never hidden the fact that she was abused, raped, has given birth to a child or used drugs, so one would think if she were to be a lesbian, she’d cop to it.
In the interview, Winfrey calls King “the mother I never had, the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves.” Winfrey’s eyes moisten and her voice chokes as she adds, “I don’t know a better person.”
“A Barbara Walters Special: Oprah, The Next Chapter” will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.