Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Belinda and Son on Coming Out
Singer Belinda Carlisle and her activist-actor son, James Duke Mason, reminisce about the way his coming-out affected their family, offer advice for confused parents of LGBT teens, and discuss how former first lady Nancy Reagan is “down with the gays.”
Carlisle, who enchanted music lovers as lead vocalist of her pioneering pop band the Go-Go's and as a chart-topping solo star, admits that even though most of her friends are gay or lesbian, she was still shocked when James Duke told her he is gay. Carlisle, who has had a large LGBT fan base throughout her career, eventually came to a realization that she'd kind of known all along. "Of course I'm going to have a gay son," she says with a laugh.