What Other '80s Teen Stars Have to Say About Equality

BY Josh Hinkle

March 07 2012 1:15 AM ET


Todd Bridges and Dana Plato of Diff'rent Strokes (1978-1986) differed greatly in their views of being gay. According to MSNBC, Bridges even says in his memoir, Killing Willis, that he struggled with homosexuality. That is, he struggled until Plato brought him back to heterosexuality. The two were an item for most of the show's run.

Before her death, Plato told Owen Keehnen from the Queer Cultural Center, "It's not about gay or straight or bi, we're attracted to spirits. Whatever body they're in." She went on to say, "I'm open-minded. I don't consider myself gay or hetero, I just am. I've had experiences all over the planet but it always comes down to just me, but I think at this point if I had an ongoing relationship, I believe it would be with a man."

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