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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?

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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.

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Thank you

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