Thursday, November 3, 2011

Anita Bryant Wants a Gay Best Friend

Talk about a blast from the past. Not only is the notorious Anita Bryant, who launched the anti-gay crusade in the 70's that propelled the political career of Harvey Milk, still alive, she's cooperating in the writing of the HBO movie about her life and career.

Bryant, a former runner up in the Miss America pageant in the 1950's, enjoyed a successful career in pop music during the 50's and 60's. In the 70's she became the spokeswoman for the Florida orange juice industry, until she was fired over her anti-gay campaign that resulted in legislation in the sunshine state that banned gays and lesbians from being teachers.

Nothing to write homo about so far, right? Well, according to E! Online, the man writing the movie for HBO happens to be Chad Hodge, the openly gay creative genius behind the recently canceled LGBT-inclusive "Playboy Club".

E!'s Marc Malkan reports:
"I went to Oklahoma and spent three days with her and Charlie," Hodge told me at GLSEN's Respect Awards. "I was the first gay man—gay person!—she agreed to talk to in 33 years."
"She was panicked to meet me and I was panicked to meet her," said Hodge, who most recently was executive producer of The Playboy Club.
The two eventually warmed to each other. "We talked about everything," Hodge said. "Religion, homosexuality, her life and every detail of her life. I mean, everything! She really opened up to me. It started very standoffish...but then it slowly took a turn and she opened up and cried to me."
Hodge smiled, "Turns out she wants a gay best friend just like everyone else."
  Cry me a river, Bitch!

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