Daytime's (Mayoral) Race To The Altar

10.25.2009

By Dustin Fitzharris

Is this storyline classic Dorian?
No.

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 --

A train?
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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