My mom comes out: mom had gotten the role of Aunt Cora, an elderly Southern lesbian, in our movie as a personal favor to me. And not only was she not weirded-out by kissing another woman on film, she was actually good at it.So moved by a bridesmaid's speech comparing the groom to an "unexpected Christmas present," 72-year-old Aunt Cora spontaneously rose from her seat. With all eyes on her, she proclaimed pro·claim
tr.v. pro·claimed, pro·claim·ing, pro·claims
1. To announce officially and publicly; declare. See Synonyms at announce.
2. with an open heart, "Millie has been my unexpected Christmas present for 47 years, and it's time It's Time was a successful political campaign run by the Australian Labor Party (ALP) under Gough Whitlam at the 1972 election in Australia. Campaigning on the perceived need for change after 23 years of conservative (Liberal Party of Australia) government, Labor put forward a I unwrapped the wrapper A data structure or software that contains ("wraps around") other data or software, so that the contained elements can exist in the newer system. The term is often used with component software, where a wrapper is placed around a legacy routine to make it behave like an object. !" Then she hoisted up her longtime long·time
Having existed or persisted for a long time: a longtime friend; a longtime resident of Detroit.
Adjective friend and companion, Millie, and kissed her.
It was a magical moment for me--but it wasn't real. We were on a movie set in Encino, Calif., and Aunt Cora wasn't really an eccentric Southern lesbian who was coming out but my mother, Myrna Goldberg, a nice Jewish lady from New Jersey. Mom had gotten the small part as a personal favor to me, the film's screenwriter. She was not weirded-out at the idea of playing a lesbian and kissing another woman on film--she was actually good at it.
Fifteen years earlier, Mom had responded with shock and dismay when I came out to her. "I wish you would have told us sooner," she said. "We could have gotten you some help." For years thereafter our relationship was tense and wrought with mutual hurt and disappointment. We went from best friends to emotional strangers.
These days Mom couldn't be prouder. During the two weeks she and Dad stayed with my girlfriend, Belinda, and me during the film shoot, we'd wake up every morning to hear her bragging to friends long-distance. "I tell you it's funny. Really. Funny," she'd repeat like a mantra mantra (măn`trə, mŭn–), in Hinduism and Buddhism, mystic words used in ritual and meditation. A mantra is believed to be the sound form of reality, having the power to bring into being the reality it represents. into her cell phone. "I'll have Paula send you a copy of the script."
The full-circle moment came when Mom, curling curling, winter sport, similar in principle to bowls and quoits (see horseshoe pitching), played on an ice court by teams of four. Each player hurls a squat, circular stone—weighing 38 lb (17. up at the foot of our bed, told Belinda and me that this had been one of her best experiences. It was one of my best as well, to see her so happy and so engaged in my life.
When I came out to my mother she embarked on a journey that ended with Aunt Cora's coming-out scene. After years of shame and contusion CONTUSION, med. jurisp. An injury or lesion, arising from the shock of a body with a large surface, which presents no loss of substance, and no apparent wound. If the skin be divided, the injury takes the name of a contused wound. Vide 1 Ch. Pr, 38; 4 Carr. & P. 381, 487, 558, 565; 6 Carr. , Mom had finally unwrapped the wrapper and discovered me, the same daughter she'd always loved, who just so happens to be gay. It's the kind of unexpected Christmas present that a nice Jewish lady from Jersey can cherish.
As told to Belinda Baldwin. Look for Out at the Wedding at film festivals.