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Jodie Foster Coming Out

Jodie Foster Gives Us A Glimpse Of The Future: No Labels, No Announcements, No Difference

Robyn Harper | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Robyn Harper

Here's the beauty of it: There was nothing unusual about what she said. On the same night, at the same event, Adele, in her acceptance speech for the award for Best Original Song, referred to her special someone and their child. Jodie Foster did the very same thing!

Jodie Foster And The Coming-Out Process

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 03.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Joan E. Dowlin

Coming out is a personal journey that is unique to the individual. In fact, why does anyone really need to come out publicly at all? Why is it anyone's business but one's own? It has taken me years to realize that it is not up to me to tell someone how and when to come out.

Just Leave Jodie Foster Alone

James Peron | Posted 03.23.2013 | Gay Voices
James Peron

I've never been Jodie Foster. I can't say what she should have done in her circumstances -- I've never been there, nor have any of her critics. They never experienced the life she lived. What audacity to lecture her, for not living their life!

Jodie Foster: It's Complicated

Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W. | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark O'Connell, L.C.S.W.

Why did Foster use this platform, this symbolically terminal moment in her career, to address her sexuality? Why expose herself (and make her publicist "nervous") if only to be defensive? Why give us what she suspects we wanted and then criticize us for wanting it?

Jodie Foster And How Not To Not Come Out At The Golden Globes

Andrew Miller | Posted 03.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Andrew Miller

You were at best insensitive and at worst clueless, self-absorbed and condescending in the way you spoke about the out gay men and women -- many of whom are your fans -- who are largely responsible for your ability to stay in the closet and become an award-winning actor and director.

Jodie Foster Deserves Our Respect, But Not For 'Coming Out'

Wayne Dhesi | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Dhesi

The reason I respect Foster is because she used her speech to defend her right to protect her and her family's privacy. She hasn't kept quiet specifically about her sexuality all these years; she's simply not comfortable with the idea of laying out her private life in the public domain.

The Coming-Out Speech Act: It's OK, Jodie, Saying 'I'm Gay' Is Optional

Holly R. Cashman | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Holly R. Cashman

"I am gay" or "I am a lesbian" may be the prototypical realization of the coming-out speech act, against which all other coming-out speech acts are judged. However, does this mean that it is not a coming out if the individual does not utter the words "I am gay" or "I am a lesbian"?

Jodie Foster Takes A Stand For Authenticity

Shaun Sperling | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaun Sperling

She took a stand for herself and at the same time said what I interpreted as a "f#@% you" to those who think that it was somehow her responsibility to declare her sexual orientation publicly. As she said in her speech, she had been out for years to those who matter and never hid who she is.

Defending Jodie Foster: Give Us A Break! We're 50!

William Dameron | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices
William Dameron

For the first part of our lives, homosexuality was defined as a mental disorder. We watched AIDS devastate an entire population and listened to "respected" experts denigrate gays. Jodie, I and other late bloomers are slightly damaged, but we're doing the best we can. Give us a break.

Let's Cut Jodie Foster Some Slack

Justin Hernandez | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Justin Hernandez

We assume that public figures should automatically use the platform that comes with their celebrity status. We believe that they owe it to us to utilize their voices for agendas that we might share, and we get disappointed and angry when they don't. It's easy to forget that they are human.

Jodie Foster, You Are A Classy Lady

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 03.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

Yes, she came out in a bigger way than ever before, but at the same time this was about her, not our community. It was her way of doing it, not ours. The award she accepted was for her career achievements, not for our community.

Why Jodie Foster's Golden Globes Speech Was So Infuriating

Karen Ocamb | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Karen Ocamb

Yes, she has a right to come out as she wishes, but she also has it in her to be bigger than that, to contribute what she knows about loneliness and hurt to benefit kids who don't have the love of friends and family, and she chose this awards show, this platform, to obfuscate once again.

Jodie Foster And The Queer Line Between Public And Private

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathaniel Frank

What seems to draw many gay people to celebrity culture is the skill that both gays and celebrities must cultivate to navigate between privacy and disclosure under the watchful eye of strangers. And if there's one thing LGBT people should agree on, it's the importance of compassion.

Huff Post Gay Voices' Readers React To Jodie Foster's Speech

Posted 01.14.2013 | Gay Voices

Last night, at the Golden Globe awards, Jodie Foster made quite a stir with her heartfelt coming out speech and all day we've seen many of our communi...

What Jodie Foster Should Have Said

Mark Olmsted | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Olmsted

"I'm proud of my family. I'm not ashamed of any relationship I've ever had, even the mistakes. And if I'd gotten the 'gay' word out of the way, I probably could have helped us get where we are today a little faster. So I am sorry for being late to the party."

Let Me Start By Apologizing To Jodie Foster

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Joe Cutbirth

In her own awkward way, Foster let the world see that gay and lesbian people have loving, supportive families just like everyone else. A lot of us have great kids. Some of our relationships last a long time. Some end. It is another way that we are just like our non-gay friends.

Why Jodie Foster's Golden Globes Speech Matters

Leah McElrath | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Leah McElrath

Ms. Foster's speech was one given by a whole, complex human being -- a mother, a co-parent, an ex-wife, a daughter, a caregiver, a middle-aged adult -- not a one-dimensional poster child for any particular community. If people expected that from her, then that's their problem, not hers.

Why I'm So Angry About Jodie Foster's Coming-Out Speech

Deb Baer | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Deb Baer

A lot of people will say that it was up to her when and where to come out, and they're absolutely right, but that still doesn't mean she wasn't a coward, and it doesn't change the fact that she could have helped millions of people by coming out years ago.

What Jodie Foster's Coming Out Means In 2013

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 03.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Whatever you thought of last night, you'd have to agree that it was another indication of how it's becoming harder and harder for anyone in public life to have any real credibility and still be living in the closet.

Jodie Foster Comes Out At Golden Globes

The Huffington Post | Kiki Von Glinow | Posted 04.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Jodie Foster ended years of rampant media speculation when she casually came out of the closet while accepting her Cecil B. Demille award at the Golde...

We Should Respect Our Straight Allies' Coming-Out Journeys

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 05.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Joan E. Dowlin

I've been disturbed by some reactions from the gay community to three specific public announcements regarding coming out and gay rights. In each instance the person announcing their sexual orientation or their support for same-sex marriage has been vilified.