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Jodie Foster Comes Out At Golden Globe Awards

Lesbian Jodie Foster - What's it All Mean?

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Jodie Foster After Coming Out at the Golden Globes

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The big news from last night’s Golden Globe awards was that Jodie Foster “finally” came out of the closet. In an acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award, Jodie Foster at first seemed to tease the audience by saying:

"So while I’m here being all confessional, I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public. So, a declaration that I’m a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now, huh Jennifer? But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this… "I am single.”

Did Jodie Foster Just Come Out?

“What’s going on?” I thought? Is Jodie Foster about to admit she’s a lesbian? And then she did, in a weird way, where she both came out and pleaded for the right to privacy.

It was rather awkward and defensive. Jodie said, “I already did my coming out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age, in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.”

She seemed to attack those in the gay media that pleaded for her to come out for all these years. “But now I’m told, apparently that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show.”

Lesbian Mom: Jodie Foster

She went on to say that, "There is no way I could ever stand here without acknowledging one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life, my confessor, ski buddy, consigliere, most beloved BFF of 20 years, Cydney Bernard. Thank you, Cyd. I am so proud of our modern family."

I did think that was sweet, but I was confused by all the hoopla. I thought Jodie Foster already came out in 2007 when she thanked her then-partner Cydney Bernard.

The way Jodie Foster came out was kind of odd. It seemed she was rather angry about it. She didn’t say anything about the generations of kids she could help by being open about her lifestyle. She didn’t say anything about the rights of gays and lesbians nor that of LGBT parents and the struggles they experience.

Reaction to her coming out was mixed. Some applauded her, like Kate Kendell, director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights who posted on her Facebook page “Wow. Well regardless of the articulate nature of this moment for Jodie, let me just say, you go girl! It's about f**king time...we got your back babe.”

But others, like Gawker writer Hamilton Nolan wrote that Jodie Foster had a lot of gall to ask for or expect privacy while benefitting from all the riches of being a celebrity.

Personally, I just hope Jodie is a peace with her decision. Her comfort will do a lot for the other celebrities out there debating whether or not to come out themselves.

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