Although a lot of gay blogs are giving full press to Charlize Theron’s talk on The View last Thursday about her commitment to same-sex marriage as if it’s the first time she’s spoken on the issue, the fact is she has been an advocate for the LGBT community's civil rights for many years now.
Recent photo of Charlize Theron and boyfriend Stuart Townsend
It was in 2005, when Theron—who won a 2004 Oscar for her role as real-life lesbian serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster—told TV's Extra that she and longtime boyfriend Stuart Townsend would not wed until gay marriage is legal in the U.S. People like Brad Pitt and Sarah Silverman have simply followed in her footsteps.
Stuart Townsend and Charlize Theron at Governor's Ball party after Oscar win for Monster. April 03, 2004 photo
Then on April 8, 2006, Charlize Theron was among those recognized for increasing "visibility and understanding" at the 17th annual GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards in Hollywood.>
Charlize Theron looking beautiful, as usual, at The Burning Plain premiere. 9-14-09 photo
"This is very surreal for me because two years ago, I stood right here and won my Oscar for Monster," Theron told the audience at the Kodak Theatre as she accepted GLAAD's highest honor, the Vanguard Award.
Photo of a very sexy Charlize Theron in black lace
"I feel so fortunate that I am in a relationship with a wonderful man," she continued. "I find it incredibly unfair that because of our sexual preference, we have the rights that we have, and that, because of someone else's sexual preference, they don't have those same rights."
Charlize Theron in an artistic nude photo
So, when Charlize told the ladies of The View 9-17-09 that she won't get married until gay people can get married, it was old news. Nonetheless, it was wonderful to hear that her commitment has not wavered, but, if anything, has grown stronger.
Charlize Theron and Jose Maria Yazpik as Sylvia and Carlos in The Burning Plain photo
During the interview, which you can watch in its entirely at the bottom of this post, the classy actress said, "I don't want to get married because right now the institution of marriage feels very one-sided, and I want to live in a country where we all have equal rights . . . I have so many friends who are gay and lesbian and would so badly want to get married, and I wouldn't be able to sleep with myself."
Photo of Charlize Theron as troubled Sylvia in The Burning Plain. Watch the film's video trailer at the end of this post. "Love heals. Love Absolves. Love burns."
At one of their rallies to raise awareness about same-sex marriage and fight against Proposition 8, Charlize told the crowd, “The battle for equality has to be fought in Middle America—in places like Fresno, California—not just in gay-friendly cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. California’s Central Valley population is far more reflective of national attitudes towards LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality – and until we engage the communities of Middle America, we will not achieve full equality in California.”
Photo of Charlize Theron helping to organize the fight to overcome violence against women, just one of her many philanthropic activities
Charlize has starred in dozens of movies, garnering a multitude of awards. In here latest, The Burning Plain, which opened nationwide Friday, she plays a woman with several secrets, one of which is that she is a sex addict.
Charlize Theron in a photo from her Dior cologne campaign. See the video below for the sexiest commercial of ALL TIME. (Take that, Kanye!)
Although she appears naked and topless in The Burning Plain, as she’s done in two other flicks, she insists she is not an exhibitionist. “The nudity has to be paramount to the plot,” she said. Check out the trailer to The Burning Plain at the base of this column.
P.S. We love you, Charlize! You are wise, beautiful, sensitive, and talented. I hereby bestow upon you the title, "Sexiest Icon of the 21st Century!" You even beat Marilyn Monroe!
Here’s the video of Charlize Theron on The View last Thursday, 9-17-09. She talks about her new movie, her male partner, why she’s not a wife, and gay marriage. “I want to live in a country where we all have equal rights.”:
Watch Charlize Theron strip naked for Dior in perhaps the sexiest commercial of ALL TIME (Please, Kanye, no guff!):
Check out the official trailer for THE BURNING PLAIN, a romantic mystery about a woman on the edge who takes an emotional journey back to the defining moment of her life. Oscar-winner Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, a beautiful restaurant manager whose cool, professional demeanor masks the sexually charged storm within. When a stranger from Mexico confronts her with her mysterious past, Sylvia is launched into a journey through space and time that inextricably connects her to several disparate characters, all of whom are grappling with their own romantic destinies. The film hit theatres Friday, September 18, 2009. For more information, visit http://www.burningplainmovie.com/