Camryn Manheim embraces spirit of Outfest

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com July 17 2001 11:00 PM ET

While speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Camryn Manheim announced that she wants to be a lesbian, though the New York Daily News adds, “Supposedly, she was kidding.” Manheim embodied the spirit of Outfest, the Los Angeles gay and lesbian film festival, when she encouraged anyone who “wants to make a contribution to the planet” to come out “if you have the strength to do so. It does help so many people and will change the way gay people are viewed.” She admits, however, that not everyone is able and that she’s friends with “a lot of celebrities who walk that line and are struggling with whether to come out or not,” though she won’t say just who.