National Coming Out Day: Cheyenne Jackson, Andrew Lippa, Lea DeLaria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Ann Hampton Callaway and More Share Stories of Pride

By Adam Hetrick
11 Oct 2013

Jenn Colella

Jenn Colella, performer and star of Chaplin, Closer Than Ever revival, Beebo Brinker Chronicles and High Fidelity.

I've been fortunate enough to experience many great feelings of pride as a gay artist just within this past year. I felt especially proud the moment I presented Richard Maltby with the possibility of changing the pronoun "he" to "she" in "The March of Time" for the Closer Than Ever revival. He grinned and said simply, "Well, I don't see why not."

I got many feelings of pride as the entire women's ensemble of Chaplin ran butt-naked into my dressing room for my birthday. (Thanks again, ladies.)

And last night, my girlfriend and I went down to Stonewall to celebrate with our people. The first face I saw was that of the handsome Jim Newman. We instantly grabbed ahold and exclaimed how much we loved one another. Then I slipped into Marie's Crisis and surreptitiously sang show tunes from a dark corner in the back of the bar.