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I think Oprah already does a great deal for LGBT causes without
needing to be gay herself to show support.
Just last week I had a tradesman in, and with Oprah in Mel-
bourne that day, she came up in conversation.
"I don't really understand what all the fuss is about this Oprah
lady being here," he said as he hung my blinds.
"Well, me either really..." I lied. Of course I know why all the
fuss about Oprah! "But... I'm gay, and I really respect Oprah for
the exposure she gives on topics like homosexuality and transgen-
der rights on her show, knowing they get beamed into the lounge
rooms of conser vative middle-America."
He nodded, and added that he'd heard she recently denied ru-
mours that she was gay.
Oprah allowed me to have a really easy discussion with a 50 year
old handyman about homosexuality...and hell...If that's not a sign
of progress in our society's attitude to sexuality, I dunno what is!
- Lia Tilson,
producer, GROUSE parties
Dreaming of a big gay world...
Oprah Winfrey is a media giant -- her in uence stretches across the globe -- if Oprah
endorses your book, your business or your charity, you face overnight success. She's come
out in favour of animal rights, equal opportunity, quality education and health care for all--
hell, she's even broadcast her political agenda, throwing her weight behind then president-
elect Obama -- and her support almost certainly helped him secure the presidency.
Imagine what she could do for the LGBT cause if she were to come out as gay... Not that
we're implying she is -- just daydreaming. Imagine a world where the Big O was queen of
the LGBT scene...
We asked a couple of local LGBT identities what they thought Oprah could achieve for
LGBT folk if she were to come out on our side.
And the question is indeed "IF". IF Oprah were gay, it seems strange that with
all her power she feels it necessary to hide that fact.
e message this sends to young gay people is one of shame, and this per-
petuates prejudice. e politics of "outing" are di cult. Many people, famous
and not famous, remain in the closet. I respect their individual choice and
would not judge anyone for not coming out.
I would feel sorry for them, however, because in coming out you gain more
than you lose, even though you do usually lose something, whether it's school
friends, parental approval, career leverage -- and it is the anticipation of this loss
which causes many people to resist coming out. However, many people who
come out agree that it is like a huge weight being li ed from them, and they
o en go on to achieve their best work.
If Oprah, or any high pro le, wealthy and powerful woman were to come
out it would do immense good for the world for obvious reasons. But if some-
one is not or claims not to be gay, leave them alone. ey are either not ready
to share themselves wholly with us or they are sharing what they can, and we
should be grateful for that. Oprah has given a great deal to a great many al-
ready. ere are openly gay people who have given less.
- Merryn Johns,
Editor in Chief, Curve Magazine
She's the most in uential woman on the planet and she's just been down under for a whistle stop
tour of Australia with 300 of her biggest fans and her BFF Gayle King.
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