Daytime's (Mayoral) Race To The Altar
By Dustin Fitzharris
Is this storyline classic Dorian?
So you would say this story is plot-driven and not character-driven?
No, it�s not that either. It�s totally unexpected Ron Carlivati visioning. It doesn�t fall into a pocket of classic Dorian. Classic usually to me infers this is what has been the trademark of this character in the past, and this is so out of left field. I think people would�ve bet money that Dorian would do just about anything to take the election away from Viki, but to actually stand there and declare herself not just a lesbian, but by the way here is my fianc�. We didn�t make a big deal about it, but she�s [Amelia] also a woman of color. Hello!
Off-screen you have been an activist for gay rights for years. What made you first get involved?
You�re going to say I was smiling warmly and affectionately [when I said this] � Most of my best friends are gay! Truly, I cannot look back on my life without gratitude for people I was blessed to have who happened to be gay. That would be men and women. I feel the loss over the friends -- because I am of a certain age -- who became ill before we knew what it was that was making people very sick and killing them. It [supporting gay rights] was not anything I had to search for. It was right there in my experience.
You were supposed to be at the LGBT March on Washington, but at the last minute didn�t go. Why?
Up until the day before I thought that I would be there, but I am currently under treatment for the panic attacks and claustrophobia that has affected me since early childhood. Sometimes -- and it doesn�t mean you shouldn�t take it on -- but sometimes when you go into discovery and recovery transitionally, you�re more raw and exposed. The thought of going into a train station --
There wasn�t any luxury. I was takin� my little ticket and a-goin� down into Penn Station. I got panicky. Public transportation or anything where I can�t control the door -- I�m sorry. I just have to know that I can get out. I now have to be very careful about going to theater. I can�t sit in certain kinds of seats. I�m glad Broadway and Times Square has gotten so vital, but it�s too crowded to go into for me.
How do you get around New York?
Oh! I haven�t taken subways in 30 years. I work for taxis!
How do you feel the Obama administration is faring on LBGT issues?
You�re going to ask that big of a question! [long pause] I have concerns because I was an early Obama supporter. I think one of the happiest times in my own home was the Inaugural dinner that I gave. I made a dinner that wouldn�t quit! And by the way I had very special friends there! I can show you the e-mails I sent afterward where I said, �I�m sorry to tell you this, but the best looking people there were the gay couples.� We had straight people there too. Dick Cavett showed up. Look at me name dropping!
But back to gay rights -- it has never done any factor of our society any good or given true gain to suppress, discriminate or do harm to another group. You can�t give me historical evidence that it ever made anything stronger to isolate or try to destroy another group. It shouldn�t even be up for debate. Particularly when the nit-picking over what should be allowed and what shouldn�t negates the willingness of the gay community to be of service, as in to become parents of children who are not necessarily the first ones adopted. There�s no win in that, and it�s shameful. I got a lot of dividends that I was hoping would come in on Obama. Gay rights was one of them.
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