Friday, October 23, 2009

Celebrity Story: Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell is another lesbian celebrity who cherishes her family. Rosie O'Donnell was married in a non-state-recognized wedding in 2004. Rosie O'Donnell is a winner of multiple Emmy awards and an LGBT rights activist and advocate. Rosie is both a foster mother and an adoptive mother; she has four children currently. After a fifth child, a foster child, was removed from their family, Rosie O'Donnell has been working to fight laws banning gay adoption in Florida. O'Donnell had a hand in starting "R Family Vacations", which caters complete vacation packages to gay and lesbian families. The first cruise was held with 1600 people in 2004. A documentary about the cruises, called "All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise" came out on HBO in 2006 and was nominated for three Emmys.


  1. I specifically remember watching this video -- I remember the astonishment that overwhelmed me because it really hit me then the discrimination in terms of gays and lesbians. Being adopted like I am, and actively sharing my story and others stories, and trying to really push people to open their perspectives about adoption -- it was difficult to hear that there are still so many limitations on who can adopt -- which opened up the entire issue of who can marry, and who can have kids, and who are legally bound to each other, etc.

    Really powerful video. I think Rosie's great. Huge fan.