First and foremost, Happy National Coming Out Day (NCOD) everyone. How do you plan on celebrating this gay holiday? Come out again? LOL. I kid.
The date of October 11 was chosen because it was the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights where half a million people participated. In 1998, Robert Eichberg, a psychologist from New Mexico, and Jean O’Leary, an openly gay political leader from Los Angeles, made the holiday official and founded NCOD.
To mark the 25th anniversary, the Human Rights Campaign looks back at some of the trailblazing coming out moments in American media that raised the profile of LGBT Americans and sparked important dialogue about the fight for equality. Some of the famous LGBT celebrities featured in the clip include Ricky Martin, Jason Collins, Frank Ocean, Adam Lambert, Lance Bass and naturally Ellen DeGeneres.
If you’re curious to read a few of our respective coming out stories, we’ve compiled them here for you. Simply click on the author’s name to learn more about each Homorazzi.com writer. In the meantime, check out HRC’s commemorative montage below.
I’ve been wanting to post about this since Saturday but wanted to wait until the Human Rights Campaign uploaded the official video. At long last, they have.
Over the weekend, I attended the HRC Dinner in Seattle. I agreed to going with Brian weeks ago without knowing who the guest speaker on hand would be. As luck would have it, Wentworth Miller was the esteemed speaker. How lucky was I? I literally found this out just minutes prior to heading into the ballroom. No joke. I was that oblivious.
Given the fact Miller recently officially came out just weeks ago, being present at his first official speaking engagement was an honor. Plus, I’ve had a huge crush on him since his Prison Break days. Naturally, I was excited ;) During his moving speech, he talked about struggling with his sexuality, contemplating suicide and declining his invitation to the St. Petersburg Film Festival. Watch his entire speech below.
“Speaking the right way, standing the right way, holding your wrist the right way. Every day was a test and there were a thousand ways to fail. A thousand ways to betray yourself. To not live up to someone else’s standard of what was acceptable, what was normal. And when you failed the test, which was guaranteed, there was a price to pay. … Like many of you, I paid that price.
The first time that I tried to kill myself, I was 15. I waited until my family went away for the weekend and I was alone in the house and I swallowed a bottle of pills. … When someone asked me if that was a cry for help, I said no, because I told no one. You only cry for help if there’s help to cry for. I wanted out.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just released a video in conjunction with the Human Rights Campaign. She really explains her stance and support for gay marriage really well and you can really get how passionate she is about the issue.
In one part of her message she says, “I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law. Embedded in a broader effort to advance equality and opportunity for LGBT Americans and all Americans.” She continues, “Like so many others, my personal views have been shaped over time by people I have known and loved. By my experience representing our nation on the world stage, my devotion to law and human rights, and the guiding principles of my faith.”
Watch her powerful and captivating message below.
Back in 2010 Laura Bush appeared on CNN talking about same-sex marriage with Larry King. During her chat with King, she revealed that she disagreed with George W. on the subject of gay marriage. A portion of her interview appeared in a new $1 million media campaign by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, co-chaired by the Human Rights Campaign.
Once Bush heard of her inclusion in the clip, she enlisted her spokesperson Anne MacDonald to release the following statement, “Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated in any way with the group that made the ad.”
When the Respect for Marriage Coalition received Laura’s request, they stated they would release a new ad without the former First Lady. The ad will still feature clips from President Obama, former secretary of state Colin Powell, and Dick Cheney, former vice president to George W. Bush. Check out the ad with Laura below while it’s still online.
Now, this is how you sell high-priced scented candles!!! It worked on me. LOL. I admit, at first glance I thought the main objective of “Paris Flat” was to promote marriage equality. But after the third close-up shot of the JSD Candle Collection, I realized this was more than just your average product placement. It was a beautifully shot commercial disguised as a story between lovers facing a dilemma due to international passports and work visas.
Directed by John Saint-Denis, “Paris Flat” is about Paolo (Peter Calandra) and his young French partner Marc living in a cute flat in Paris. Everything seems idyllic. Problem is, Paolo is being shipped off to the US but his beau can’t come with him due to same-sex marriage immigration policy. But all is solved when Paolo picks up the newspaper. Splashed on the front page is the answer to everything. How convenient.
Apparently, “Paris Flat” is the sequel to “Il Palazzo.” Though it stars sexy daddy Peter Calandra in both, I think his partner in the Italian-themed clip is someone else. SLUT. Haha. Check out both videos below. Be forewarned, there’s a little bare booty sighting in the vids. It’s a beaut.
Academy Award winner, Morgan Freeman has lent his legendary voice to various commercials, documentaries and campaigns over the course of his career. Now, the 75-year old has lent his voice to a new national HRC commercial called “Dawn of a New Day for Marriage Equality“. In the commercial, Freeman says the following:
“America stands at the dawn of a new day. Freedom, justice, and human dignity have always guided our journey towards a more perfect union. Now, across our country, we are standing together for the right of gay and lesbian Americans to marry the person they love. And With historic victories for marriage, we’ve delivered a mandate for full equality. The wind is at our back. But our journey has just begun.”
Complimenting his narration are beautiful visuals of various scenic landscapes, clips of Martin Luther King, clips of gay and lesbian couples and families together, and more. It’s so great to have such a famous and recognizable voice support such an important cause. Watch the new commercial below.
Let me preface this post by saying that I know my public persona is shallow. I don’t really like talking about anything political because I feel my choices are my own. I don’t really like to blog or post about marriage equality or the fight for our rights because for me I’d rather just do something than talk about doing something. On our show HOMORAZZI (Which you can watch HERE) I can throw down about gossip, television, movies the latest dramz between celebrities and I can talk about any party I’ve ever been until I’m blue in the face. But I’m always shied away from really serious topics probably because I’m not a very serious person publicly.
When Hillary Clinton gave that amazing speech, I was late to that party. When Sally Field gave her speech I was also late to that party. I watched and listened and really appreciated what they had to say. Bringing awareness to such important issues is amazing, but it wasn’t until this morning when I watched Lana Wachowski’s acceptance speech for the HRC Visibility Award that I finally decided it was time to say something about it.
Over the weekend, Sally Field was presented with the Ally for Equality Award by her son at the 2012 Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C. Upon acceptance of the award, she delivered such a moving speech that you simply must see.
She talked about how her gay son was both different and similar to his two older brothers and also what it was like during her son’s coming out process. She wanted to jump in and define it for him, but his brothers made her stay out and insisted that he needed to go through it himself. Having learned from this experience, she explained, “A mother is not someone you lean on. A mother is someone who makes leaning unnecessary.” She also thanks everyone who is fighting for gay rights and equality. “You all have fought for him as surely as if you were his parents. You’ve changed and are changing the lives of little boys and girls who realize somewhere along the way they’re just different from their other brothers & sisters…and so the f*ck what!” Amazing.
After having watched the video, I realized that she is in fact the mom from Brothers & Sisters. Her character on that show would have delivered the exact same speech. Enjoy it below!