Dianna Agron wants the world to know she likes girls, but she’s not a lesbian

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Dianna Agron wants the world to know she likes girls, but she’s not a lesbian

So, here’s a thing that happened: Saturday night at the Glee Live show in Toronto, Dianna Agron wore a LIKES GIRLS t-shirt on stage during the “Born This Way” number in place of her usual “Lucy Caboosey.” The next day, she followed it up with a novel-length blog post on her tumblr page explaining that she’s not a lesbian:

“Last night, I wanted to do something to show my respect and love for the GLBT community. Support that people could actually see. Which is why I decided to change my shirt for the show. I happened to read a few comments that were posted on twitter. Many of you asked, “why?” This is my response. I am not asking for you to agree with what I am saying, but if you are listening, thank you. That is all I can ask. And a step further would be to take a moment to (honestly) answer the questions that I have raised. We can’t always put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. But we can try.”

She ended her essay with the introduction of her own new anti-hate hashtag, #letlovein.

 

Right on, girl, that is an awesome message and one that I’m quite sure your fanbase can embrace and support. One part of me—the part that feels responsible for framing queer stories in the mainstream media as message & values rather than personal identity politics—wants to leave it at that. But another part of me (and yeah, this is the part that takes it all a little more personally; the part that identifies with other people’s earnest and innocent stumblings toward and out of the closet door) just can’t quite manage to leave it alone. I’m a cultural theorist, for God’s sake—I have to contextualize. And the context here is that Dianna put on a “LIKES GIRLS” t-shirt on stage after spending every previous night of the Glee summer tour grabbing Lea’s hand during “Somebody to Love,” bringing up but never actually denying the rampant rumors about their romantic relationship in almost every interview, and, last year in Rolling Stone, giving this reply to the question of whether she’d ever made out with a girl: “In my life? Oh, my goodness. I don’t know. Maybe.”

Now, I want to embrace her awesome message of love and respect, and just take her at her word that this is not a statement



Comments [9]

Not2Taem's picture

No need for labels

She is a sincere person with an amazing spirit and talent. Who cares what's on the tag, just enjoy the gift.

 

Steph's picture

I'm sorry but margarine is

I'm sorry but margarine is NEVER delicious!

Conlite's picture

Nice 'Jack pic.

Nice 'Jack pic.

Steph's picture

Ta very much!!

Ta very much!!

Conlite's picture

As long as she shows this

As long as she shows this much support, I don't care if she's gay or straight.  If her glee overlords are forcing her (or anyone else) to remain closeted, then she faces the same choice a lot of LGBT folks do: honesty or pay-cheque?  It sucks that this is normal, and we need a protest/legal action/revolution, but I don't think Hollywood or North America are going to change overnight.

thesaturnyear's picture

I said this on another site

I said this on another site already, but I think you've hit the nail on the head. I'm reminded of myself at 18-19 (when I was not out to my family yet) wearing a rainbow beaded necklace in front of my mother, simultaneously hoping & dreading that she'd say something about it.

goggination's picture

i think that this is an

i think that this is an incredibly well thought out response to all the crazy ones floating around the web right now.  best one i've read, actually, and probably closest to whatever the truth really is.

(also, fyi, the pic with lea with the blue wristband is a manip.  somebody removed chris colfer and did a very, very good job of it.)

Jenny Aisenberg's picture

removed, thanks

Oh my goodness, that's unsettling-- I really thought I had no problem telling the real pics from the fakes. Thanks, goggination! It's one thing for me to theorize and speculate, but I certainly don't ever want to post fake pictures. I've switched out the altered pic for one of the 500,000 other real ones Wink

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Tex's picture

Love hash!

I think she's a gorgeous person using her stage to project love...

Tagless,

Tex

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