As the rape and sexual harassment accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein mount, numerous members of the entertainment industry have felt empowered to speak out against sexual abuse, some sharing their own survival stories. Here are some of the most powerful posts by LGBT celebrities, some as part of the #MeToo and #WomenBoycottTwitter movements.
When I first started to work as an actress, i was working on a film and I received a call from Harvey Weinstein asking if I had slept with any of the women I was seen out with in the media. It was a very odd and uncomfortable call....i answered none of his questions and hurried off the phone but before I hung up, he said to me that If I was gay or decided to be with a woman especially in public that I'd never get the role of a straight woman or make it as an actress in Hollywood. A year or two later, I went to a meeting with him in the lobby of a hotel with a director about an upcoming film. The director left the meeting and Harvey asked me to stay and chat with him. As soon as we were alone he began to brag about all the actresses he had slept with and how he had made their careers and spoke about other inappropriate things of a sexual nature. He then invited me to his room. I quickly declined and asked his assistant if my car was outside. She said it wasn't and wouldn't be for a bit and I should go to his room. At that moment I felt very powerless and scared but didn't want to act that way hoping that I was wrong about the situation. When I arrived I was relieved to find another woman in his room and thought immediately I was safe. He asked us to kiss and she began some sort of advances upon his direction. I swiftly got up and asked him if he knew that I could sing. And I began to sing....i thought it would make the situation better....more professional....like an audition....i was so nervous. After singing I said again that I had to leave. He walked me to the door and stood in front of it and tried to kiss me on the lips. I stopped him and managed to get out of the room. I still got the part for the film and always thought that he gave it to me because of what happened. Since then I felt awful that I did the movie. I felt like I didn't deserve the part. I was so hesitant about speaking out....I didn't want to hurt his family. I felt guilty as if I did something wrong. I was also terrified that this sort of thing had happened to so many women I know but no one had said anything because of fear.
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) October 16, 2017
— Jill Soloway (@jillsoloway) October 16, 2017
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) October 13, 2017
#myharveyweinstein: an agent put his hand down my pants on my first trip to LA, while telling me I wouldn’t make it if I was out. I was 18.
— Kit Williamson (@kitwilliamson) October 12, 2017
A sermon. Learn it, and learn it well. https://t.co/b6DkTxFYtd
— Janet Mock (@janetmock) October 12, 2017
— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) October 11, 2017
— Darryl Stephens (@darrylstephens) October 13, 2017
— ROSIE (@Rosie) October 15, 2017
— Sarah Paulson (@MsSarahPaulson) October 13, 2017
Proudly joining #WomenBoycottTwitter for the next 24 hours even though Instagram doesn't properly capture my tone.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) October 13, 2017
Weinstein's actions are revolting & heartbreaking. Worse: he's not the only one guilty of such terrible trespasses in this craft we love.
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) October 11, 2017