All of Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden’s children are members of the LGBTQ+ community, and she’s learned much from them, she said at the Drag Isn’t Dangerous telethon held Sunday night to raise funds to fight anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
“What drives me [to support LGBTQ+ equality] is because it’s right and what’s happening right now is wrong,” Harden told cohost Adam Shankman during the broadcast.
“What drives me is my children are all queer,” she added. “My eldest child is nonbinary. My son is gay. My youngest is fluid. And you know, they are my kids and they teach me every day.”
Harden’s children are Eulala, 24, and twins Julitta and Hudson, 19. Their father is her ex-husband, director Thaddaeus Scheel.
She said the recent rash of anti-LGBTQ+ bills “is so fear-based, and it’s spreading that kind of fear and hatred among other people. I believe this country will fight that.”
Harden has been a busy actress since the late 1980s. She has worked in films including Miller’s Crossing, The Spitfire Grill, Mystic River, and Pollock, winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the latter. She has most recently appeared in the TV series So Help Me Todd.
Her children are all in the entertainment business, with Eulala and Julitta having acted in several projects, while Hudson is a makeup artist and influencer.
Harden is a longtime supporter of LGBTQ+ equality. Hudson accompanied his mother to the Family Equality Council Impact Awards in Los Angeles in 2018. “The cause is dear to me,” Harden told Us Weekly at the time. “My son is gay. I just want to make sure he gets to have a family when he wants one.”
At the 2019 Human Rights Campaign fundraising dinner in Los Angeles, she spoke out for Transgender Day of Visibility, telling The Advocate, “I am here to support the trans and gender-nonconforming community, and I just want to say God bless you and keep on with your bravery and your voices and your advocacy.”
Drag Isn’t Dangerous raised over $560,000.