Rosie O'Donnell And Her Homosexuality
Rosie O'Donnell has been the foremost advocate of homosexuality and lesbian and gay rights activism. This actress, standup comedian, singer and media personality is known for her support to reforming social norms in favor of homosexuality. In 2002, she openly declared her being a lesbian to the world and since then has been dedicatedly working towards sensitive issues like gay adoption rights.
In 1996, O'Donnell launched The Rosie O'Donnell Show which was a big commercial hit and won her Emmy awards among other accolades. Just before wrapping up her talk show, she made a guest appearance in the sitcom "Will and Grace" as a lesbian mom. Soon after the show was aired, Rosie O'Donnell was interviewed by Diane Sawyer in Prime Time where she opened about her homosexuality. In the same show, she also shared with the audience her support towards gay adoption rights and other homosexuality related issues. She asked for an investigation into the Florida's ban on gay adoption.
In February 2004, acting on her declaration about her homosexuality, she married her long time partner Kelli Carpenter in San Francisco. The couple was one of the 3000 odd couples to be married in San Francisco during a short period when the state had legalized gay marriages. This was also marked by her open defiance to the then US president George W Bush who advocated bans on same sex marriage. Today Rosie O'Donnell is a parent to three adopted children and one child born to Kelli Carpenter through artificial insemination. Rosie O'Donnell and her issue of homosexuality have at times been criticized by the GLBT (Gay and Lesbian Bisexual Transgender) activists as she had openly spoken about her infatuation to Tom Cruise in one of the episodes of The Rosie O'Donnell show. In her reply to this criticism, she said that "I said I wanted him to mow my lawn and bring me lemonade. I never said I wanted to blow him".
Apart from being an activist in homosexuality related rights and reforms; Rosie O'Donnell is involved in a number of other charitable works, namely All Kids Foundation and the Broadway Kids foundation. She has also been named as one of the 100 most influential people by Time Magazine.
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