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Jane Lynch Talks Coming Out, Raising Kids with 'Newsweek'

Jane Lynch Talks Coming Out, Raising Kids with 'Newsweek'

Jane Lynch sits down with sex-advice columnist and “It Gets Better” campaign creator Dan Savage for an interview with Newsweek.

Here’s what the two had to share with the magazine:

On whether they’re surprised gay rights still has so many battles:
Jane: Yes, we thought the great hope of [President] Obama was going to magically change all that, and it doesn’t seem to have…
Dan: …had the intended effect.
Jane: He’s just nicely walking the middle.

Jane on when she came out: “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.’”

On the challenges they face as parents:
Jane: We have the same challenges straight families have.
Dan: There’s no gay way to change diapers.
Jane: But I think there can be a responsibility to fold in other adults. I was looking around today, and we have three female cats, we have a female dog, and then we have the three of us. And I was like, we’ve gotta get a guy in here!
Dan: Or at least a testosterone-soaked air freshener.

For Jane and Dan‘s full interview, check out Newsweek.com!

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Photos: Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum for Newsweek
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