Mr. C (misterc) wrote in progressives,
Mr. C

Anne & Michael & Cindy & Meghan

Ann & Michael Hathaway
Actress Anne Hathaway (of Brokeback Mountain and The Devil Wears Prada) has revealed that, after her brother, Michael, came out as gay, her family basically excommunicated themselves from the Catholic Church, and most of them have since taken up with the Episcopalians.

Anne, who is a longtime GLBTQI rights supporter, said basically that she cannot support a church that cannot support her "beloved brother" (Anne's words).

Anne and the rest of the Hathaway clan may have ditched Catholicism but Anne, herself, apparently is in no hurry to find a pew with a more gay-friendly view, saying that--where faith is concerned--she is ...a work in progress.

I know whereof you speak, my sister!

Meghan & Cindy McCain
In a recent stint as a guest co-host for ABC's The View, Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona U.S. Senator & former Republican presidential candidate John McCain, spoke again about her public break with her dad where GLBT rights is concerned. While it was not the first time Meghan has publicly "come out" about her support of our rights, it is the first time I personally have heard about Meghan's mom, Cindy McCain, holding the same "view" as her daughter.

In speaking about a photo shoot she did for the NO H8 Campaign, a group working to overturn California's Proposition 8, a voter-approved initiative which took away marriage equality in the Golden State for same-sex couples, Meghan explained how her mom was willing to be a more vocal, more visible part of the fight for equality, now that the '08 Presidential campaign is done.

Many celebrities--their mouths covered with duct tape and the words "NO H8" painted on their cheeks--have posed for these NO H8 ads, including Lance Bass, Tara Reid, Deepak Chopra, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, Debi Mazar, Tatyana Ali, Rose McGowan and Adam Corolla, but to see such prominent Republicans take such a public stand on this issue is really a hopeful sign to me. I know that neither of the McCain women speaks for most Republicans in this case, but I do think that they represent the only hope the R's have as a viable political party. The party of McCain/Palin will need to learn to change with the times if it hopes to continue to exist & appeal to younger voters who are much more accepting of queers than the older, more-socially-conservative contingent that runs their party now.

It won't be easy, and I know that the old guard will not be easily swayed, or go quietly into that good night, but the truth is that, while fear & ignorance are still alive and well in this country (and this world), it just doesn't get you as far as it used to.

I have included Meghan's and Cindy's photos below.

Meghan McCain

Cindy McCain
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