We often hear that a professional athlete won't win the Super Bowl and tell the media, "I'm taking my boyfriend to Disney World," but that's the exactly what actress Jodie Foster did Sunday night (video below). Upon receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes, she had the audience shedding tears with a wonderfully honest, personal speech that included special thanks for her former partner and co-parent.
Despite routinely making Out magazine's lists of the most powerful LGBT people in America, Jodie Foster has long avoided publicly acknowledging her sexual orientation. On Sunday night, on her biggest stage, with all the media and much of America watching, Foster chose to talk publicly about living out and proud. It was a moving speech.
I saw several gay people take to social media to chastise Foster for waiting so long. They obviously didn't listen to the whole speech, about the importance to her of living a private life. In the public eye since age 3, she had hoped to keep her children and her (now former) partner away from the glare of the paparazzi. I'm just thankful she changed her mind.
Foster's awesome speech is akin to a future Hall of Famer at the end of his career finally taking the plunge, a guy who's won a couple league MVP awards, knows his legacy is strong as steel, and decides to show some deep-seated bravery before he hits his last home run or smacks his last slap shot.
There's also the "rumor and speculation" factor here. We at Outsports have heard about so many athletes (including pretty solid stories about Hall of Famers). Foster experienced that too for many years, and her "Yep I'm gay" tone was spot-on given the circumstances.
If you didn't see it, check out her speech below. She takes the stage around 6:05 and her revelation starts at about 8:05. And if you know of any closeted athletes, send them this link. They may find solace or inspiration in it.