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Innes's impact. (reader forum).

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I cannot begin to tell you how happy I was to see ER's Laura Innes on the cover of the October I issue ["Woman on Top"]. I fell hard for Laura and her character (Dr. Kerry Weaver) the first time I saw her walk into the E.R. I am thrilled to see people taking notice of this amazingly beautiful and talented actress. For those of us who frequent the Kerry Weaver fan sites and take her relationship almost as seriously as our own, I again say thank you, thank you, thank you!

T. Matheason, Davenport, Iowa

I really enjoyed your interview with Laura Innes; she is not only beautiful but also intelligent. Her quote "They watch me on the show; they knew me before; they know me now. They see I'm still the same" gives me hope people will become more accepting.

Unfortunately, that doesn't always work in the real world. I recently came out, and none of my friends (I use the word friends loosely) stood by me. They knew me before; they know me now. But as one said, "I still like you, but we just don't have anything in common anymore." Very sad and very hard to deal with, but that is reality. But I appreciate what ER is doing for us: putting our lives before the mainstream.

Vicki Amoroso, via the Internet

Kerry Weaver may not turn heads, but Laura Innes ... wow! She is definitely a babe. And over the years she and the ER writers have created one of the most complex and intriguing characters on TV (sorry, Noah Wyle). Innes can take a scene and walk away with it with one look, line, or gesture--an ability ER's producers abused last season in the bare-bones presentation of Weaver's romance with her firefighter. Let's hope this year that Innes gets to flesh out that relationship (no pun intended--OK, maybe a little, because did I forget to mention, Innes is hot!)

Rebecca Omahen, Beverly Hills, Calif.

What a great article on Laura Innes! She shows us that she is not afraid to perpetuate a character many people might have a problem with.

As a gay man at the age of 31, I love the fact that network television is finally realizing that gay people are here and are not going away. Shows like ER realize this, and I applaud them for that.

N. Aaron Bart, Atlanta, Ga.

Laura Innes is not the only lesbian success story on television. You are celebrating a character who is generally unlikable and used only when the writers of ER need to give Innes some screen time. I find nothing successful in a character who has yet to truly come out and/or find any real happiness. She is generally shown as lonely and hated by her peers.

A true success story would be Alyson Hannigan's portrayal of Willow on Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Throughout the years Hannigan has given depth and real appeal to a gay character. Willow may not reach as wide an audience as ER, but look at the audience she does reach! Young people, the people who need to see representation. ER is aimed at an older crowd, most of whom already have their sexuality situated.

Buffy receives thousands of letters from young gay people all over the world. I don't think ER has the same effect. TV history will show that Willow and her friends are remembered for their humor, insight, and bravery as much as their sexuality. They will take their place next to the greats of TV. I am quite sure Dr. Kerry Weaver won't be pictured next to George Clooney and friends in the ER books.

Brad Taylor, Los Angeles, Calif.
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Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Oct 29, 2002
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