'Glee's Jane Lynch: Obama 'just nicely walking the middle' on gay issues
"Glee" star Jane Lynch and "It Get's Better" campaign founder Dan Savage recently got together for a State of the Gay Union with Newsweek, and among the issues addressed in their conversation is their mutual disappointment with the progress under President Barack Obama."We thought the great hope of Obama was going to magically change all that," says Lynch of gay issues like marriage, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and bullying. "He's just nicely walking the middle."
The interview took place before the Dec.19 Senate vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," but both Lynch and Savage see the problems as much greater.
"As a gay person, I don't want to be separate from the rest of the world," says Lynch. "I remember I went to a lesbian event when I first moved here to Los Angeles, and this woman said to me, "Oh, it's just for us." I didn't like that at all. I want to be in the human community. I don't want to be separate."
Moving beyond politics, Lynch speaks candidly about how sexuality hasn't interfered with her own career, but remains a problem in film and television for many gay actors. "I can be gay as a character actor," Lynch says, "but I don't think Julia Roberts can be right now. I think when you're projecting your hopes and dreams for romantic love onto an actor, knowing they're gay...Well, you have to think there's some chance this could actually happen."
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