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L Word star Clementine Ford opens up about her sexual orientation

PinkNews Staff Writer February 6, 2009

One of the stars of hit US drama The L Word has told a lesbian magazine that she is “not technically out yet.”

Clementine Ford spoke exclusively to DIVA about her sexuality.

“The truth is that I’m not technically out yet,” she said.

“There. Put that in your magazine. For me, there’s never been a distinction about anything to do with sexuality, so there was no declaration to be made.

“My siblings and I would bring home men and women, and as long as they were human it wasn’t a big thing.”

Ms Ford’s mother, actress Cybil Shepherd, also stars in The L Word.

She said that being more open about her sexuality was important in the current political climate. Last year voters in California approved Proposition 8, which denies gay and lesbian couples the right to marry.

“I never want to put a label on my self – but knowing that not everyone comes from such a liberal place, when something like Prop 8 comes out, you realise it’s important to stand up and be counted,” she said. 

“A little gay kid in a small town is more important than whether I want a label.”

Ms Ford, 29, played Molly Kroll on the 4th and 5th seasons of The L Word.

She was married between 2000 and 2004 to Chad Todhunter and is rumoured to be in a relationship with co-star Kate Moenning.

“Clearly we did our jobs right if there are rumours,” she told DIVA.

“But I hate to squash them, too. Whatever I say people are going to have their own ideas. Basically we’re really good friends now and people can draw whatever conclusions they want.”

DIVA will be on sale on February 12th.

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