Another Soap Star Comes Out

According to SoapOperaCentral.com, former Guiding Light star Maureen Garrett – “HollyLinsey” – came out.

After carefully cocooning her personal life from the media during her 35 years playing Guiding Light’s 

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Holly Lindseyactress Maureen Garrett has chosen National Coming Out Day to reveal publicly to Out magazinethat she is a lesbian and has been involved in a 20-year-long relationship with her partner, Janet Morgan.

Maureen and Janet have three sons and have also raised Morgan’s niece.

Congrats Maureen. I sure didn’t see this one coming, but its wonderful that she feels comfortable and another great example of how soap operas can open doors. Maureen played a heterosexual character on a show which debuted one of the most popular lesbian loves stories – Otalia – Olivia and Natalia.

Currently, two soaps have LGBT characters – Days’ Sonny Kiriakis and Will Horton and Bold and the Beautiful’s Karen Spencer and Danielle (to my knowledge Danielle does not have a last name yet.)  General Hospital’s off-the-canvas Lucas Jones is openly gay. Young & the Restless has a gay secondary character Rafe is also openly gay with no storyline. Rumor has it Y&R is supposed to out a major “younger” character – possibly Kyle Abbott, possibly Summer Newman or even Fen Baldwin?

I’ve long posited that LGBT characters on soaps have paved the way for much acceptance and I think the same holds true for the actors.

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