Actress Marcia Gay Harden spoke about how her experience as a mother has inspired her LGBTQ advocacy.
During the «Drag Isn’t Dangerous» telethon on Sunday, which raised more than $500,000 for LGBTQ charities as anti-drag legislation increases in the US, Harden said his children motivate his work.
«What motivates me is that it’s right and what’s happening right now is wrong,» Harden, 63, he told the co-host of the telethon Adam Shankman. “What motivates me is that my children are all homosexual. My oldest son is non-binary. My son is gay. My youngest son is fluent. And you know, they are my children and they teach me every day”.
He then criticized anti-LGBTQ legislation: “This is so fear-based and it’s spreading that kind of fear and hate among other people. I think this country will fight that.»
The actor shares three children with ex-husband Thaddaeus Scheel: Eulala Scheel, 24; Julitta Dee Harden Scheel, 19; and Hudson Harden Scheel, 19.
The telethon included various drag performers such as Jinkx Monsoon, Trixie Mattel, and Candis Cayne, as well as celebrity allies such as Charlize Theron, Leslie Jones, Jesse Eisenberg, and Melissa McCarthy.
Theron, 47, spoke in a pre-recorded segment where she spoke directly to the drag community: “We love you queens. We’re in your corner and we’ve got you, and I’ll fuck anyone who’s trying to fuck anything with you.»
«There are so many things that hurt and actually kill our children and we all know what I’m talking about right now, and she’s not a drag queen, because if you’ve ever seen a drag queen lip sync for her life, you just it makes you happier, it just makes you love more, it makes you a better person.»
Theron, who adopted his two daughters Jackson and AugustShe shared in 2019 that her daughter Jackson is transgender.
«My daughter’s story is really her story, and one day, if she chooses, she will tell her story,» Theron said in an interview with Between lines. «I feel like as her mother, it was important to me that the world knew that I would appreciate her if they used the right pronouns for her.»