There aren’t many living actresses who have more queer-beloved projects on their resumes than Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis. Since filling her mantle with trophies as Cher’s comically sour mom in the 1987 rom-com Moonstruck, she has played outspoken Clairee in Steel Magnolias, the transgender Mrs. Madrigal in the Tales of the City miniseries and its sequel, as well as an elderly lesbian in the acclaimed 2011 romantic drama Cloudburst. After all those years we’ve spent loving this equality-minded cousin of former Democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, it’s payback time and she’s totally got our backs.
Last week after it was announced Mediterranean isle of Cyprus would hold its very first LGBT pride event beginning May 31, the country’s Orthodox Christian Church lashed out at the plans. “The Church and science consider homosexuality to be the human being’s fall from grace and an illness and not a natural way of life or choice,” a church spokesman claimed in a statement.
Now, the Greek-American actress has openly expressed her disbelief that we live in an age when gay people still have to ask to be treated as equals.
“To be deprived of anything out of what people consider religious principals is repugnant,” she states.
Watch her full outraged message below. If you’re a fan of this fine lady, consider donating to a kickstarter campaign to fund an upcoming documentary about her colorful life and extraordinary career.