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Rosie O'Donnell Reveals She Tried To Publicly Come Out In 1992

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Updated Monday at 11 a.m. PST:

Rosie tweeted us clarifying that her coming out wasn't "blocked." She says:

"HGB" refers to Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan's Editor-in-Chief.  Thanks for the clarification, Rosie!!


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What a difference a few decades makes!

Rosie O'Donnell joined Marlo Thomas for a sit-down where she explained that she actually tried to come out publicly in 1992 during an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine.

Huff Po writes:

While O'Donnell says she came out in 1992 during an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine, the disclosure never ran.

"At that time, nobody printed it," she said. "I remember [Editor-in-Chief] Helen Gurley Brown took it out of an interview that [a reporter] had done with me in, like, 1992. He said, 'Are you gay?' and I said, 'Yes.' She took it out ... She was protecting me because at that time it would've been a huge issue, right? So, I think it's changed a lot. I think it's much more common and people are much more used to it. Being a part of a gay family was not nearly as troubling to my kids as being part of a famous family."

O'Donnell came out publicly in 2002 during a show at Caroline's Comedy Club in New York.

It's also interesting that Rosie's disclosure was taken out as a means to "protect"
her rather than censor her. We wonder if the media would show similar restraint today, right or wrong?



The media is fixated on outing people, rather than letting them protect their privacy. The media in 1992 and the media today are incredibly different. Today, anyone can pass as a reporter. And someone taking a shit can pass for news - especially if it's a celebrity or politician taking a shit.


Thank you

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