Peter Paige on the LGBT movement: “In the scope of human history, this is the most expeditious human rights movement ever.”
Peter Paige provided the crowd at last Saturday’s 40th anniversary LA Gay & Lesbian Center gala with the some of the evening’s most emotional moments when he shared how The Center had been there for him when he was a young, unknown actor in need of a therapist.
Peter, best known for playing Emmett for five seasons on Showtime’s Queer as Folk, is a member of The Center’s Board of Directors and always someone with good insight into LGBT issues.
I got his thoughts on the fight for LGBT in the seven years since Queer as Folk left the air.
“I think we’re making great headway,” said the 41-year-old actor-writer-director. “I know there are challenges and I know there are crazy people. The far right, I call them the death rattles. They are, I think, frustrated and scared and don’t know why so I think that’s why they’re lashing back the way that a cornered cat lashes back.”
Although the fight against California’s Proposition 8 drags on in the courts, Paige remains optimistic and encouraged.
“I think it’s pretty incredible where we’ve come,” he said. “Same-sex marriage is polling over 50 percent. It’s really extraordinary. When I was a kid 25 years ago, it wouldn’t have occurred to me. Stonewall was just over 40 years ago – we were getting arrested and thrown into paddy wagons just for being us. In the scope of human history, this is the most expeditious human rights movement ever.”