Out filmmaker Lee Daniels is surely sitting on top of the world today after his fact-based drama Lee Daniels’ The Butler cleaned up at the box office with approximately $25 million in North America over the weekend, yet the director told Larry King that black gay men have more difficulty coming out because they face more intense pressure from their family, church and peers.
First, Daniels startled King (it’s true, the 79-year-old interviewer can still express emotions) by revealing that he realized he was gay at the tender age of five.
The 53-year-old Daniels recalled walking around in his mother’s red pumps as a child in front of his father and some of his policemen friends who were playing cards.
“He beat me severely for it,” Daniels remembered. “But that didn’t stop me because the following Sunday I walked down the stairs wearing her blue pumps — this time with her purse!”