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Gillian Anderson Came Out About Relationships with Women in Honor of Former Girlfriend Who Passed

Gillian Anderson Came Out About Relationships with Women in Honor of Former Girlfriend Who Passed

In an April, 2011 interview with Out The X-Files star Gillian Anderson openly discussed past relationships with women, which was spurred by the death of a woman she was involved with, she now tells Britain’s The Sunday Times Magazine.

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In  an April,  2011 interview with OutThe X-Files star Gillian Anderson openly discussed past relationships with women, which was spurred by the death of a woman she was involved with, she now tells Britain’s The Sunday Times Magazine, according to SF Gate. 

“I was talking to Out about gays and choice, and the view that you can just choose not to be gay in some way. I decided to talk about it now because someone with whom I was in a relationship a couple of decades ago – a woman – passed away about a year ago,” Anderson tells The Sunday Times.

In the Out interview Anderson said, “I was in a relationship with a girl for a long time when I was in high school…”

She went on to tell Out, “If I had thought I was 100% gay, would it have been a different experience for me? Would it have been a bigger deal if shame had been attached to it and all those things that become huge life-altering issues for youngsters in that situation? It’s possible that my attitude around it came, on some level, from knowing that I still liked boys.”

In the new interview with the Sunday Times she says of her admission, “I  haven’t spoken up about it before because there isn’t the same fear and stigma now that there was. But she had just passed and I just wanted to speak about it in a matter-of-fact kind of way.”

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.