Women

Lena Dunham: It’s a ’Huge Disappointment’ Being Straight

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Wednesday Apr 9, 2014
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Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham  (Source:Instagram)

This is why we love Lena Dunham.

The "Girls" creator and star was honored by the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship organization for the LGBT community, at the New York Pubic Library Monday for her work with the LGBT Community, and opened up about her lesbian sister, Grace, in a speech, Vanity Fair reports.

Dunham, 27, was honored with the organization’s Horizon Award and in her acceptance speech, which was unsurprisingly very personal, she confessed it "was actually a huge disappointment" when she realized she was straight. After talking about herself, she then told the crowd how her sister’s coming out impacted her.

She then said she’s always "felt a strong and emotional connection to members of the LGBTQ community" because of her sister and was relieved when she came out because "someone in this family can truly represent my passion and beliefs."

She continued:

"My sister Grace coming out as a gay woman at age 17 was a huge turning point for me in my understanding of the issues facing LGBTQ people. We were raised in an environment-the art world of downtown Manhattan-where no one hid their sexual orientation, and a common question from four-year-old me was ’Mom, are those ladies gay together?’ I was always very jealous of any child who had two dads. And because of our parents’ deeply held commitment to acceptance and equality, my sister’s process of coming to terms with her sexuality was as angst-free as anything involving sex can really be. She was assured by the adults in her life that she was not only accepted, but adored for who she is. I am so happy that this is the way she was able to enter the world as a woman and an LGBTQ person."

Out actor Andrew Rannells, who stars in HBO’s "Girls," presented the award to Dunham and she talked about her work on the series.

"I love my job. I feel insanely lucky to work with talented individuals from all walks of life, who define themselves in beautiful and unusual ways," she said. "Our goal on ’Girls’ is to show you non-stereotypical examples of the range of people who inhabit this amazing city, and we are learning more about what that means every day."

Vanity Fair notes that Dunham donated $25,000 to the Point Foundation.

Dunham also took to Instagram to post a selfie before the event, with the caption: "I save my sequins for when I know the gay boys will be out #traffickinginstereotypes"

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