Matarazzo, who came out as a lesbian in 2004 and has been married to actress and comedian Heather Turman since 2018, said she first became aware of … With her latest role, the Long Island, New York native is helping bring attention to early chapters in the fight for LGBTQ rights. Anthony RappCheyenne JacksonEqualHarvey WeinsteinHBO MaxHeather MatarazzoJamie ClaytonLGBTQ actorsLGBTQ entertainmentLGBTQ televisionMeTooPhyllis LyonRose ByrneSamira WileyShannon Purser, October 20, 2020 at 10:40 am PDT | by John Paul King, For Heather Matarazzo, ‘Equal’ is still a cause worth fighting for. 2020. BLADE: Do you hope that the current resurgence of the equality movement will help bring about change in those who oppose it?MATARAZZO: Sure. It was so spontaneous, and it was so honest, and it was in the moment – and yet, within that, I get to look at those that came before me, in one way or another, and I get to see how their bravery allows me to be brave, too. Here’s the thing, we still have a long way to go. And I don’t think that we can talk about sexual orientation without also talking about race, without also talking about gender – there are so many different intersections, because when you talk about one, you can’t NOT talk about the other. I mean, really, I came out because I clearly didn’t have any other choice. I mean, really, I came out because I clearly didn’t have any other choice. "We always focus on the roar, don't we?" All rights reserved. Because again, MeToo was pretty much cis-gender, hetero white ladies speaking out about it, and so, you know, it’s synonymous now with cis-gender, hetero fucking white ladies – when the movement was founded by fucking Tarana Burke. BLADE: And now you get to be that for others. The stories spotlighted in "Equal" stretch back decades, but they couldn't feel more timely. Heather Matarazzo’s breakthrough performance at 13 as middle school outcast Dawn Weiner in Todd Solondz’s 1995 counter-culture classic, “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” made her a touchstone for a whole generation of traumatized teenagers. Because history is history is history and so on, and so it goes. I got to feel safe enough to come out thanks to those who came before me, and put their bodies and their reputations on the line, in order for me to say, “Yes, I’m a lesbian,” and be able to say that publicly. "There's many different ways, I think, that one gets to be an activist," Matarazzo said. MATARAZZO: I do my best to receive any praise that I’m given, especially by those who say that my coming out helped enable them to come out – especially people that are younger than me, that knew me from “Princess Diaries” and whatnot, and then were like, “Oh my god, Lilly’s a LESBIAN?” I receive it as best as I can, because at the end of the day – and I say this in the most grounded of ways – we really, truly are all lights for each other. Now, she is appearing in “Equal” as Phyllis Lyon – who with partner Del Martin (played by Shannon Purser) co-founded the Daughters of Bilitis in 1955.

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