Holland Taylor, Emmy-winning Ann Richards portrayer, comes out

4th Annual Stella by Starlight Gala Benefit Honoring Martin Sheen, Pamela J. Newman and Liz Smith - ArrivalsFrankly, we should have guessed Holland Taylor was gay a long time ago. We first became familiar with the actress when she played the boss “too bored to care” that her employes, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, were cross-dressing to live in NYC in the sitcom Bosom Buddies. Then she portrayed Texas Gov. Ann Richards in a one-woman show she also wrote called Ann, which earned her a Tony nomination. Add to that roles as a libidinous judge (winning an Emmy) on David E. Kelley’s The Practice (and Kelley seems to attract actors and characters with sexual fluidity) and 12 seasons as the world’s least maternal parent on Two and a Half Men … hey, she’d been a ‘hag so long, we can’t say it’s a surprise she’s actually family.

Taylor came out, apparently, in an interview with WNYC last week, though she says she has always lived her life out, so she was never in.  We’ll accept that. After all, if you’re not a hypocritical politician or a male movie/pop star, who cares anymore, right? And she announced it officially for the best of reasons: Because she’s dating a “much younger woman.” Way to go for a 72-year-old.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the canceled CBS shitcom has been in the news, following Charlie Sheen’s announcement that he’s HIV-positive.

Welcome to the party, Holland. Your toaster is on its way.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Former Baylor star and top WNBA pick Brittney Griner comes out


Ex-Baylor basketball player Brittney Griner came out yesterday during an interview with Sports Illustrated.

Griner, who was among the top picks in Monday’s WNBA Draft, discussed sexuality with the paper with fellow top picks Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins.

When asked about why more women come out in sports than men do, Griner said she didn’t know why and added that being out is about being who you are.

“I really couldn’t give an answer on why. It’s just so different,” Griner said. “Being one that’s out, it’s just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don’t worry about what other people are going to say because they’re always going to say something. But if you’re just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don’t hide who you really are.”

Griner said it wasn’t too difficult for her to be honest about her sexuality, even with her celebrity status.

“It really wasn’t too difficult. I wouldn’t say I was hiding or anything like that,” Griner said. “I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality, so it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way.”

Griner attended Nimitz High School in Houston before receiving a full scholarship to Baylor University. She is the first NCAA basketball player ever to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots. Had she come out during her career at Baylor, the anti-gay school may have taken away her scholarship or kicked her out.

She’ll start her WNBA career with the Phoenix Mercury in May.

Watch the interview below.

—  Dallasvoice

Ex-NFL player comes out as gay

OutSports.com is reporting that Wade Davis, now 34 and a former player on the Washington Redskins football team, is gay.

Davis made the announcement, explaining why he felt he could not come out while on an active roster, here. He even talks about his boyfriend.

No active male player on an American team sport has ever come out, though members of the NBA, MLB and now NFL have come out after the fact.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones