With the legalization of gay marriage taking front and center stage of the media lately, it is no surprise that gay rights and homosexual statistics and stories have also entered into many of our minds as well.
As you read this, please understand that I am in no way, shape or form expressing MY personal views or opinions on the subject nor do I wish to start a “cyber riot” over personal and religious beliefs. However, as I was reading about our beloved Golden Girls, I came across some interesting tidbits of information!
It is no secret that same sex relationships are becoming more and more prevalent in this day in age. Or is it? Homosexuality is nothing new! People have been practicing and participating in same sex activities for hundreds of thousands of years! And not just in America or Europe, but all over the world! I mean, ALL over the world! And of course Hollywood was and is no exception.
Thinking back to the 80’s and even the 90’s, homosexuality on TV, in movies, books, anywhere really, was pretty taboo and the topic was often danced around or swept under the rug altogether. Enter our beloved Bea, Betty, Estelle and Rue! I think it is pretty safe to say that these four ladies were (and Betty still is) very talented, humorous and legends in their own rights. But these four wonderful women may have pioneered the gay right movements without even knowing it, and certainly without knowing how the world would view homosexuality in 2013.
Most recently in a magazine interview, Betty White was quoted saying that she feels that all people have a right to get married. She also went on to say that some same sex relationships are more stable than some heterosexual relationships.
Rue McClanahan advocated for gay and lesbian rights when she appeared in “Defying Inequality: The Broadway Concert – A Celebrity Benefit for Equal Rights” in January 2009.
Bea Arthur felt so passionately about the issues that upon her death she bequeathed $300,000 to The Ali Forney Center, a New York City organization that provides housing for homeless LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) youths.
But even before that, in 1991 when HIV and AIDs were just beginning to become a household “names”, Estelle Getty was supporting her 29 year old nephew who was dying from AIDs. Estelle took it upon herself to have her nephew flown from North Carolina to California where she was living, after his friends could no longer care for him, and his parents were living in England. She then set up Hospice to care for him until his death in January 1992.
So, Golden Girls on TV and “Golden” at heart, our dear girls were perhaps pioneers in the Gay Rights movement long before many others were!