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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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  • sillyme

    Good Lord, why do we have to constantly hear about people “coming out”? Does anyone believe in privacy anymore? Is it possible to be gay and be proud and to live your life like a normal person, or does part of being gay mean that you have to always be talking about it to anyone who will listen?

  • http://breathefeelcognize.wordpress.com M

    I didn’t know she was gay

  • lyte

    @sillyme:
    Like a ‘normal’ person, huh? You mean like straight people constantly talking about their lovelifes? Fact is, coming out is part of being gay and people are free to discuss it. See, if bullying and homophobia didn’t exist… people didn’t have to come out and they could like ‘normal’ lives. Get over it. Anything to give some confidence to gay kids who are struggling with the idea of being gay.

  • lw

    LOVE Jane Lynch and Dan Savage.

  • AN

    Finally nice to read something with a shred of political relevance. Koodos to you JJ.

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