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10/19/2010

'Vogue' profiles one of fall's smartest looks

by Jeremy Hooper

On LGBT progress, Kirsten's in fashion:

It is a truism that once gay men discover a cute town, gentrification is not far behind, and that is certainly the case in [Hudson, NY]. Their presence is unmistakable. This brings up a fascinating thing about Gillibrand: her very correct gay politics. She is unequivocally supportive of same-sex marriage and has been one of the loudest voices on the effort to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Should she prevail on November 2, she will, at 43, be the youngest elected member of the Senate. (“She probably has the least senatorial air of any senator I’ve met in eleven Img-Kirsten-Gillibrand-1 140530563083-1years in Congress,” says [Congressman Anthony Weiner].) But her being a post–baby boomer—at the leading edge of the next generation—only partly explains why she is so unconflicted about an issue that seems to trip up even the most progressive politicians, the Clintons and Obama included. I ask her where her passion on this issue comes from, and her answer goes a long way to explaining who Gillibrand is and where she comes from.

“My mother had a lot of gay friends,” she says, in a girly voice that reminds me of Renée Zellweger’s, “and they were very much part of our close circle. And I cared a lot about them. One of my mother’s friends’ partners died of AIDS early on, and that affected me. This man was so interesting, so engaging, was always superkind to me. One of the most handsome men I’d ever met. And it was just such a loss for a young girl to see someone die so young.”


FULL PIECE: In Hillary’s Footsteps:Kirsten Gillibrand [Vogue]

And the senator's kids will also be able to say their mother had lots of gay friends, hopefully demarcating the last generation for whom such a benign reality will even be a notable topic.

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*SEE ALSO: Sen. Gillibrand's recent comments to the Empire State Pride Agenda:

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