More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Celebrities sound off against homophobia after fallen teen idol Kirk Cameron launches anti-gay attack
Kristin Chenoweth, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Debra Messing, Roseanne Barr, Craig Ferguson, and Martha Plimpton were among the celebrities speaking out in support of equality early this week after 80s sitcom star Kirk Cameron told CNN’s Piers Morgan that being gay is “unnatural,” “detrimental,” and “ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.”
In an interview with ABCNews.com about her new show GCB, Broadway legend and 2011 GLAAD Media Award winner Kristin Chenoweth spoke about being a Christian who firmly supports LGBT equality:
"The Bible tells us that we're not supposed to judge, and people shouldn't judge before seeing the show," said Chenoweth. "Even as a young child, I thought, 'Why is being gay bad?’ I didn't understand it. So I asked my grandma, who is the best Christian I ever knew. I'd say, 'What about my friend Denny, he's gay, is he going to hell?' She told me, 'I read the Bible like I eat fish. I take the meat that serves me well but I don't choke on the bone.'"
Other celebrities took to Twitter to lend their support:
The only unnatural thing about me being gay is that I had a crush on Kirk Cameron until about 24 hours ago.
— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) March 4, 2012
i want to thank Piers Morgan for his response to what he wud say to HIS child if (s)he came out:"Great, as long as you're happy"--
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) March 4, 2012
kirk or kurt or whatever cameron is an accomplice to murder with his hate speech. so is rick warren. their peers r killing gays in uganda.
— Roseanne Barr (@TheRealRoseanne) March 4, 2012
Rush makes me ashamed to be a middleaged white man and Kirk Cameron makes me ashamed to be a failed actor. We don't all think like that NoH8
— Craig Ferguson (@CraigyFerg) March 4, 2012
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) March 5, 2012
— Sarah Colonna (@sarahcolonna) March 4, 2012
I know Growing Pains was only a tv show, but I have to think both Alan Thicke & Joanna Kerns must feel they failed as parents tonight.
— Josh Charles (@MrJoshCharles) March 3, 2012
Cameron’s remarks came just hours before some of Hollywood’s biggest stars including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Lynch, participated in the Los Angeles debut of Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black’s new play ‘8,’ which chronicles the federal lawsuit against Proposition 8. Each of the ‘8’ stars are outspoken supporters of LGBT equality.
Said Jamie Lee Curtis of Cameron's comments, "I don’t think he’s spent one minute with one of these families [depicted in the play]. I think if he spent one minute with them that he wouldn’t say that. And honestly that’s his opinion if he wants it but this is real, these people are real and these families are very real."
During his CNN interview, Cameron also spoke out against marriage equality:
"Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve. One man, one woman for life till death do you part. So I would never attempt to try to redefine marriage. And I don't think anyone else should either," explains Cameron. "So do I support the idea of gay marriage? No, I don't."
GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick addressed GLAAD’s reaction: “Cameron has the right to share his views, but as a result of GLAAD’s work, people of faith who support LGBT people are making sure their voices are louder. Thousands have shared the campaign and spoken out against Cameron’s remarks.”
GLAAD is proud to work with several faith organizations that embrace and welcome LGBT people. Please visit any of the following organizations to learn more about their faithful support of LGBT people:
Gay Christian Network
Institute for Welcoming Resources
The Evangelical Network
Metropolitan Community Church
Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists
Dignity USA (Catholic)
Lutherans Concerned/North America
Reconciling Ministries Network (Methodist)
Room For All (Reformed Church in America)
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage