A Good Week In Lesbian Hollywood
It’s been a busy week, full of good news for lesbian Hollywood, specifically, comedian Ellen DeGeneres, and actress Raven-Symone.
Raven-Symone started out her life in the spot-lit world of television as Olivia on “The Cosby Show.” She was three at the time and played Bill Cosby’s granddaughter on the Cosby Show. Most recently, she is best known for her show on the Disney Channel, “That’s So Raven.” Well, after a tweet earlier this week, Raven-Symone has publically stated that she is gay.
Symone came out via twitter with a tweet that read: “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.”
I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you
— Raven-Symonè (@MissRavenSymone) August 2, 2013
According to LGBTQ Nation a reprehensive of Symone said she heard a piece on NPR mentioning the recent decisions in Minnesota and Rhode Island.
Last year Symone’s sexuality came under question via The National Enquirer who reported she was living with an openly gay America’s Next Top Model contestant. Symone took to twitter and responded with, ”My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m dating to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life.”
Funny woman and prominent lesbian, Ellen DeGeneres, has her own big news. While slightly less surprising, it’s still equally as exciting. DeGeneres has been chosen by show producers to host the 2014 Academy Awards, it will be her second time doing so.
The show’s producers, according to The Associated Press, bragged on this years host by saying: “There are few stars today who have Ellen’s gift for comedy, with her great warmth and humanity.”
Ellen, known for her self-deprecating comedic approach, responded with “I am so excited to be hosting the Oscars for the second time. You know what they say — the third time’s the charm.”
This decision by the show’s producers likely was an effort to step away from the direction they took with last years host, Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane was criticized for being too brash and sexist, especially with his musical piece “We Saw Your Boobs,” about actresses who have topless scenes on the big screen.
They are surely hoping her performance will be “easygoing, comfortable and relatively unsurprising,” which is how Frazier Moore of The Associated Press described her performance in 2007.
Congratulations are in order all around. Congratulations, Miss Symone, on finally being comfortable with being open about your sexuality. Congratulation, Ellen, on being chosen to host the Academy Awards. It is, apparently, a good week to be a lesbian in Hollywood.
I am originally from a small town in North Carolina and have recently moved to Richmond. Meaning I am a novice to the ways of Richmond life, but from what I have seen it is a culturally rich environment that I look forward to diving into. My daily hustle consists of playing bass, reading, and hunting for new music. This summer I will be interning with RVA Magazine and GayRVA.com. In the fall I will be transferring to Virginia Commonwealth University where I will major in journalism.
“It feels good to be chosen. But there was a time in my life when I was not chosen.”August 18, 2015
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