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Oprah's Show on Tuesday Looks Back at 25 Years of Raising Awareness About LGBT Issues

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Tomorrow, Oprah is going to be looking back on 25 years of covering LGBT issues, which, according to her team, includes more than 120 shows. The show tomorrow will include this segment:

"In 1995, Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis spoke about the secret he had been keeping for years -- that he was gay and HIV positive.  On Tuesday, Louganis returns to the 'Oprah' show and surprises a viewer who says Greg's 1995 appearance on the 'Oprah' show - when this viewer was only 12 years old - helped him accept his own sexuality and gave him the strength and courage to come out himself."

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  1. Interesting. But don't forget when Oprah started on network television, she hid the death of her brother who died of AIDS, because she did not want anyone to know that she had a gay brother.

    Posted by: Mike C. | Jan 24, 2011 2:20:46 PM


  2. And I bet not one clip of Tom Cruise will appear... ;)

    Posted by: Darren | Jan 24, 2011 2:23:01 PM


  3. Oprah's awareness has moved with the speed of a glacier. It wasn't so long ago that she aired sensationalized tabloid segments on tortured housewives whose husbands were "living a shameful lie."

    Posted by: DC | Jan 24, 2011 2:29:16 PM


  4. 120 shows "raising awareness" of gay issues?

    I doubt it.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 24, 2011 2:31:23 PM


  5. @AG: it says "covering" gay issues, which could mean just about anything. And do the math: it averages 5 shows a year.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 24, 2011 2:40:55 PM


  6. Good Lord you lot would find something to complain about if you won the damn lottery. Thank you KT for the one civil on-topic response. Personally I look forward to seeing Greg back in the limelight and appreciate any show that sheds what will hopefully be a constructive light on the progress made over the past years.

    Posted by: Lead | Jan 24, 2011 3:21:26 PM


  7. If you count appearances by Nate Berkus, that's probably half of the 120 shows - but that doesn't necessarily count as "raising awareness" of LGBT issues....as always, O's PR machine is at work.

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 24, 2011 3:34:25 PM


  8. Really. **If you're gonna be bothered by stuff, there's lots of stuff to be bothered by.** Oprah has been our friend a long time. Say what you will, she is a force for good -- including good for LGBTs.

    Posted by: lewlew | Jan 24, 2011 3:35:16 PM


  9. @DC

    If you are a closeted gay man and you marry a woman YOU ARE "LIVING A SHAMEFUL LIE"!

    Oprah has been raising gay issues early on in her talk show as far back as 1987; Mike Sisco and myths/facts about HIV/AIDS. (She did an update show a couple months ago.)

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jan 24, 2011 3:42:54 PM


  10. Man you guys are never happy!

    Oprah has done amazing things for gays and lesbians on her show... some people are never happy!

    Posted by: Richie | Jan 24, 2011 4:40:23 PM


  11. It's not just that she aired several sensationalized tabloid segments on tortured housewives whose husbands were "living a shameful lie." It's that she promoted the myth that "brothers on the down low" were responsible for an increase in HIV infections in women of color and did it more than once, uncorrected, unchallenged and unrepentant. So yes, she gets some criticism along with the praise. She earned it all and should "OWN" it all.

    Posted by: Matteo | Jan 24, 2011 5:44:56 PM


  12. Judging by the comments on here, Ms Oprah needs to work harder. The gays demand such high standards of their idols.

    Posted by: Josh | Jan 24, 2011 6:38:18 PM


  13. Oprah has done a lot for the gay community. Her personality can be irritating but her work clearly shows that she's a friend of the community.

    Posted by: Luke | Jan 24, 2011 7:00:38 PM


  14. Greg Louganis has continued to work hard for HIV awareness and the acceptance of all sexualities in sports and every day American life- I'm glad he's back, he deserves it.

    Posted by: D Gregory smith | Jan 24, 2011 7:32:57 PM



  15. Maybe some of the people commenting here are too young to remember but there was a time when gay people were only shown on TV as negative stereotypes. Especially on fictional tv dramas and crime shows.

    During the 80's oprah was having shows on gay marriage (way ahead of her time) the AIDS crisis (when most people didn't want to talk about it in the mainstream and many gay issues. She also showed how bigoted Americans could be against gay people.

    I thanked her in the early 90's when I ran into her for having a show where I saw real gay people while i was coming out of the closet in a small town.


    Posted by: Eric | Jan 24, 2011 7:49:02 PM


  16. Quoting Matteo: "It's that she promoted the myth that 'brothers on the down low' were responsible for an increase in HIV infections in women of color."

    Men on the down low ARE partially responsible for an increase in HIV infections in women of color, dumbass.

    Posted by: Derek in Madison | Jan 24, 2011 8:03:27 PM


  17. I actually think the tipping point (for the show) was when Nate shared the loss of his partner, Fernando, in the tsunami on the air.

    It was clear that O was in the corner for all her gays- & that girl has an army- doin' ha hair, decoratin' ha houses, etc.

    I always want her to do more & be more emphatic, but personally, I think she balances her own beliefs w/ the fact that she's a major, major, corporation & her support won't be well rec'd by all.

    Remember, she has to this day never rec'd as much hate mail as she did for portraying Ellen's psychiatrist in the famous, Coming Out episode.

    Just the fact that she's doing this show is a way of showing how far things have come. O's on our team, kids. Treat her well.

    Posted by: pete N sfo | Jan 24, 2011 8:04:04 PM


  18. Oprah isn't "on our team", Oprah is only ever on OPRAH'S team. Every topic comes back to being about her, just watch her show once and that's immediate and obvious. She is the type of "friend" for gays who provide her with a service (hairdresser, decorator, other pertinent cliches) because that all comes back to being about her. Don't kid yourself - whatever she has "done for us" is only because it increases her public profile and her net profits. Period.

    Posted by: Marty | Jan 24, 2011 8:35:45 PM


  19. haters haters haters "In the time you’re spending in bringing down others, have you ever thought of being filial towards your parents? Instead of lighting fires in your eyes, turn on the lamp in your room and think about your future. I suppose I’m childish for arguing with the people who are taking a dump on me… All of you, if you’re going to take a dump on something, go do it in your own bathrooms.

    And all of you dogs who run around with eyes red in search of something to rip apart. It’s obvious you guys are lacking something, which is why you run around like crazy fools, exaggerating every little thing… Realize that just because you are part of the public does not mean you are embody the society as a whole."

    Posted by: sal | Jan 24, 2011 11:28:19 PM


  20. Can I say that Greg Louganis looks smokin' hot!

    Posted by: dctopman | Jan 25, 2011 12:08:27 AM


  21. Quoting Matteo: "It's that she promoted the myth that 'brothers on the down low' were responsible for an increase in HIV infections in women of color."

    Men on the down low ARE partially responsible for an increase in HIV infections in women of color, dumbass.

    Posted by: Derek in Madison | Jan 24, 2011 8:03:27 PM

    Derek in Madison Oprah also did a show on white men who did the same thing to white women. However the CDC isn't interested in fiding out how many white women have caught HIV from their (DISCREET bi-sexual Husbands) Whom they did not know was Bi!

    It's not newsworthy! dumbass!

    And to add anyone who catched HIV it's not the sole fault of the idiot individual who chose not to admit their status. ALWAYS USE PROTECTION..PLAIN AND SIMPLE No matter what race you are!

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 25, 2011 12:36:22 AM


  22. I will say for me, this was a huge moment in my life that came full circle. We all need Champions in our lives, sometimes they take the form of parents or teachers. For me, it was Greg Louganis. I for one am privileged to have Oprah create this moment for me. It's something I will never forget. I hope you all enjoy the show today.

    -Michael
    (The viewer Greg surprised)

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 25, 2011 9:06:03 AM


  23. Thank you, Michael.

    Posted by: wimsy | Jan 25, 2011 10:05:58 AM


  24. Thanks, Michael- that's what this is all about...

    Posted by: D Gregory smith | Jan 25, 2011 10:38:44 AM


  25. u go Michael and Oprah!!! love

    Posted by: sal | Jan 25, 2011 6:47:46 PM


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