Jane Lynch not impressed with Obama’s progress on gay rights: “He’s just nicely walking the middle.”
Jane Lynch, the Glee star who married wife Lara Embry in 2010 and won a well-deserved Emmy, did a joint interview with Dan Savage (founder of the ‘It Gets Better’ campaign) for Newsweek about the state of gay America.
She’s not so impressed with President Barack Obama’s performance in this area:
It’s been a big year in gay rights: marriage, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” bullying. Are you surprised there are still so many battles?
Savage: …had the intended effect.
Lynch: He’s just nicely walking the middle.
Here are more excerpts from their interview:
Dan, what inspired the “It Gets Better” campaign?
Savage: It started after I read about Billy Lucas’s suicide in Greensburg, Ind., and after Justin Aaberg’s suicide in Minnesota last summer. I was just stewing and writing about them on my blog, and wishing I could have talked to these kids, to tell them it gets better. But I would never get permission to talk to these kids, because in places like Greensburg—where kids are bullied not just by peers but by parents and religious leaders—kids would never get permission to hear from an openly gay adult. And it just occurred to me that I was waiting for permission that in the YouTube era I didn’t need anymore.
Jane, when did you come out?
Lynch: I had two coming outs. I came out when I was about 21, and then I came out to my family when I was 32. By the time I was 32 they were like, “Well, we knew there was something. We’re glad to know what it is, now let’s move on.” Had I told them when I was 18 it would have been a different story, because there was nobody openly homosexual. I thought it was a disease. I remember hearing the word “gay” and thinking, “Oh, my God, I have that.”
Jane, how come Sue Sylvester has never had a love interest on Glee? Is she asexual?
Lynch: She’s a warrior. She does whatever she needs to get power.