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



Telly Leung

Telly Leung, Broadway performer from Godspell, Rent and "Glee" star.

I am proud. I am proud to be a member of the Broadway community. It is a family of crazy misfits. Like all families, this family can be (at times) a dysfunctional family - but a loving and accepting family nonetheless. It's a family of artists that happily make a living telling stories that need to be told, and spreading joy to audiences night after night.

I am proud to be in the LGBT community - and I can proudly say that my partner and I have been together for 8 years.

I am proud to be Asian, from loving Chinese immigrant parents that truly define the "American Dream." They came to NYC in the 1970s with nothing but their half-full suitcases, $200, and the hope for a better life for themselves and the child they desperately wanted to be born in America so he could be a citizen and inherit their dream.

And after this weeks repeal of DOMA and Prop 8 by SCOTUS, I can truly say that I am proud to be an American. I am proud to be living in a country that always strives for the ideals that define us as a nation: "We, the People...," "Liberty and justice FOR ALL," "All men are created EQUAL." That moment, on June 26th, showed me the true meaning of pride. Happy Pride, everyone - and be proud of WHO YOU ARE.

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