Catching Up With Fran Drescher


By Brent Ramsey

After all of your experiences, would you classify yourself as a gay icon?

[Laughs] You know, I'm proud to say I believe I am a gay icon, and I really enjoy being one. I was also recently awarded the Ally for Equality by the Human Rights Campaign.

Why does the gay community love you so much?
I'd like to think that it's maybe because I'm kind of the whole package. I mean, I think I have a good heart... and I wear clothes well. [Laughs]

As you know, New York marriage equality is coming up for a vote very soon. What are your feelings about that?

I wish it was just done already. I'm happy that we're living in a time where it's moving in that direction, but to me it feels so silly that it's even a discussion. It should be a no-brainer. You can't call yourself a free country and then be exclusionary -- it's hypocritical. The human being is a complicated creature. And odds are we not only all look different and speak different languages, but I bet you dollars for donuts we also have different sexual orientations. And that's part of the human experience. And when everyone starts embracing that as part of a master plan that's bigger than anything we could ever imagine, we'll be moving in the right direction.

For anyone who is struggling to come out to their partners, what are a few pointers you would share?
I think that it takes as much effort and work to be happily divorced as it does to be happily married. And if you marry this person, you obviously love that person and you've invested time in that person. And you shouldn't throw it away just because you thought you were supposed to be married and it turns out that that wasn't what you were meant to be to each other. But you've got to figure out why you're in each other's lives and try another road. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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