Yea I have horrible gaydar and even I knew she was a lesbian, if you have always lived openly whats the point of coming out? Just a cynical way to get your name out there for $500 USD for the wire release?
Like any high school kids would even know who she is LOL
My thoughts exactly. In fact, I’m almost positive I thought I had read something about it (as in, an interview where she stated as much) a few weeks ago. Of course, now that she’s ‘come out’ I doubt I’ll be able to find it. OTOH, I don’t think this is the type of newsbreaking thing that’s going to skew google results.
I just assumed everyone knew who watched her in the show.
Just like the kid who was on Who’s The Boss (Danny Pintauro) - it didn’t take a genius to figure out this kid was Gay probably 20 minutes before he knew it. (BTW, he came out officially years later…).
Yet another reason not to stay in the closet - in many cases, the only person you are fooling is yourself.
Buddy was a tomboy, but very into guys. I remember “Family”, and one of the few specific story-lines that I remember had to do with Buddy liking a guy in school. When the guy showed interest in her, a snooty cheerleader “Heather” type (who wanted that guy for herself) began spreading the rumor that Buddy was a “lezzie.” Buddy was ostracized, and worried that maybe she was too “butch.” Of course, that Very Special Episode ended with Buddy realizing that she’s “perfectly normal”, getting the guy, and everyone learning an important lesson - that just because a girl likes sports, it doesn’t mean she’s gay.
Incredibly ironic now.
So two of the “Family” daughters were gay! Meredith Baxter and Kristy McNichol. There’s that other girl who was adopted by the family. Wonder if she’s next?
I’m surprised at the hate for an actress who purposely stepped away from the limelight and has never made an attempt to attention-whore. I guess someone has to be the #1 box-office star to try to help others.
Count me in as another who knew. I didn’t know her when she was a child actor, but I do remember her from Empty Nest. I was a kid at the time and probably wouldn’t have been able to articulate what a lesbian was, but I just knew she was different.
I’m always glad to see someone coming out because it always takes guts, but if she’s coming out to take a stand against bullying, the message is kind of weak.
“Hey, kids who are getting harrassed! Stay strong and keep your heads up high. Like I did! Except, unlike you, I didn’t tell anyone until now, decades after my career had reached its pinnacle and I had already made a name for myself! A name that almost everyone has now forgotten, so it’s not a big deal if I come out! So you can make it through this! You just have to be brave like I was!”
It would be cool if instead of going this route, someone would say, “Hey, I admire you kids for having the guts to be who you are in the face of adversity. Ya’ll are the true heros. Your strength will continue to inspire more of us to come out of the closet. Please keep it up.”