Jodie Foster at the Golden Globes: Did she come out as gay?

Jodie Foster spoke Jan. 13, 2013, at the Golden Globe Awards. (AP photo)

Did Jodie Foster come out during her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards? Or did she suggest she was retiring to protect her privacy?

Foster spoke at length Sunday during her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award.

“I just have the sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public, so a declaration that I’m a little nervous about,” Foster said.

The 50-year-old Foster went on:

“I hope you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight, because I already did my coming out about 1,000 years ago back in the stone age in those very quaint days when a fragile young girl would open up to trusted friends and family, and co-workers and then gradually, proudly to everyone who knew her, to everyone she actually met.”

Before lamenting the loss of privacy in Hollywood, Foster thanked Cydney Bernard: “one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love but righteous soul sister in life.”

(Watch the speech in its entirety here.)

Foster’s name began trending on Twitter, and someone immediately edited Wikipedia to say Foster announced a retirement.

She didn’t really clarify backstage, calling it a “big moment” but not explaining what she meant: “The speech kind of speaks for itself.”

Meanwhile, media across the country tried to interpret her speech:

  • “Jodie Foster Wows Golden Globes with Speech,” a ABCNews blogger wrote.
  • “Jodie Foster comes out and maybe retires,” The Advocate wrote.
  • “Jodie Foster Kinda Comes Out at the Golden Globes,” wrote TMZ, which called it a speech that “defies explanation.”
  • “‘Les Miz,’ ‘Argo’ win Golden Globes; Jodie Foster is talk of show,” the L.A. Times wrote.

Foster at least cleared up one thing backstage. LA Times reporter Amy Kaufman tweeted:

Desert Outlook a sophisticated new magazine for LGBT community

It has been four years since 1,200 gay couples married in legal ceremonies around the Coachella Valley.

During those five months, before California rescinded that right, Palm Springs and its sister cities celebrated what many who’ve visited here for decades know to be true: We are diverse and proud.

This week, The Desert Sun will join the party by introducing Desert Outlook, a new magazine for the Coachella Valley and southern California that covers the LGBT community.

Desert Outlook will hit the street — you’ll find it in free distribution across the valley — with a mission to celebrate the people who help “define southern California, our world and the future by living proudly and openly.”

The magazine is crafted to be like nothing that exists here today.

“Desert Outlook meets a significant need in this community — thoughtful, stylish and sophisticated coverage,” Desert Sun Media Group President and Publisher Mark J. Winkler said. “I am pleased that we can deliver relevant content to an important segment of our community.”

Desert Outlook Editor Will Dean and I spent months debating the stories that should inhabit the magazine, discussing tone and vibe.

“We wanted to present a provocative and more complete picture of what it means to be LGBT in the Coachella Valley,” Dean said. “We’re in such a dynamic place in the world, and that’s reflected by the residents — how they live, support their community and love.”

I spoke with many of you about this project. Often, there was an epiphany.

Some neighborhoods in Palm Springs are on the plus side of 50 percent gay and lesbian: Couples, singles and expatriates from San Francisco and Los Angeles, retirees and young professionals fleeing the rain in Seattle, the chill in Vancouver.

More than one resident told me the Coachella Valley needs a magazine that engages the LGBT community in a way that doesn’t make him blush when his parents leaf through the pages.

A woman told me that Desert Outlook needed to be culturally intricate.

It needed to explore twists in legal and political history with intelligence and depth. It needed to be intuitive and reflective of the modernist zeitgeist that informs Palm Springs’ art and architecture, fashion and food.

So, that is our quest, with every issue.

Desert Outlook will challenge and celebrate this community. It will inspire and inform.

It will tell the complete story of LGBT life here, and occasionally elsewhere.

Greg Burton is executive editor of The Desert Sun. Email him at greg.burton@thedesertsun.com
Follow @gburton on Twitter.

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You can follow Desert Outlook Editor Will Dean on Twitter @desertoutlook, chat with us at DesertOutlook.com and interact with us on mobile.

We want feedback on how we deliver Desert Outlook. Send us email at desertoutlook@thedesertsun.com or pick up the magazine this Thursday and fill out a postcard inserted in the pages.

To see a projected list of places where you can find the magazine, click on http://lgbt.blogs.mydesert.com