Happy Birthday: Nathan Lane

WILDsound Festival

nathanlane.jpgNathan Lane

Born: February 3, 1956 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

[on being gay] From the time I told my mother, I’ve been living openly. But really, I was born in 1956. I’m one of those old-fashioned homosexuals, not one of the newfangled ones who are born joining parades. My family referred to them as “fags”, and that was it.

[Coming “Out” following the death of Matthew Shepard] It was like somebody slapped me awake. At this point, it’s selfish not to do whatever you can… If I do this story and say I’m a gay person, it might make it easier for somebody else.

I told my mother I was gay, and she s… and she… and then her face went white, and then she said, “I would rather you were dead.” And I said, “I knew you’d understand.” And then once I got her head out of…

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