Monday, October 4, 2010
ET: Jane Lynch Talks "Glee" and Real-Life Tragedy
Jane Lynch came out to West Hollywood Friday night with wife Dr. Lara Embry to honor "Glee" god Ryan Murphy and 'The Kids Are Alright' director Lisa Cholodenko at the PFLAG/The L.A. Event, and amid the celebration the stars' thoughts turned to Tyler Clementi, who ended his life on September 22, and recent similar tragedies.
Clementi is the Rutgers freshman who jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after his intimate encounter with another man was broadcast live over the Internet via webcam by his roommate and another classmate.
"I feel so badly about that kid. Awful," Jane told ET. "We need to show that these kids are more than just the sum total of their sexual orientation, and that really will help the kids out there who don't have role models, who don't have people in their class who are gay, and it will show them that we love them and we embrace you for who you are."
"I think the timing this week after what's happened with five kids killing themselves because of bullying and sexual preference, I'm very excited about talking about that and just putting the spotlight on that in our high schools and in our education system," said Ryan.
On a lighter note, Jane also talked about her admiration for Ryan and her hopes for the upcoming season of "Glee."
"[Ryan's] done such great things for gay families, and [Lara and I are] a gay family, and it's nice to see ourselves somewhat reflected in the culture," said Jane. "I think it's really great for families all over the world to see that we're families like everybody else."
"I hope Sue Sylvester will have a significant other," she added of her onscreen alter ego. "She's always looking for a fight. She's a warrior, and so where there's not a fight she will create one, and she creates some doozies. We find out that her role model is Richard Nixon."
The PFLAG/The L.A. Event event was emceed by "Modern Family" stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet and featured a live performance by Nelly Furtado. PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) is the nation's foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. To learn more, go to http://www.pflag.org/.