Is Gay Pride on the Wane? Heck No! Says Nathan Lane

Some are arguing that gay pride is a thing of the past, but actor Nathan Lane doesn’t agree. “Is that what you’ve heard?” said Mr. Lane on Monday, June 25. He was being honored at a gala for the Trevor Project, which operates a 24-hour suicide-prevention hotline for homosexual and questioning youth. “Harvey Fierstein just said, ‘Forget it—I want to play leading-man roles’? Is that what’s happened? I hadn’t heard.”

Mr. Lane, 51, wearing a dark suit and glasses, has supporting parts in a forthcoming film based on The Nutcracker, as well as a David Mamet play. “The thing that seems to be on the wane is H.I.V. awareness and the notion that AIDS is easily dealt with and that it’s not still a huge issue,” he said. “Especially with young people going out there and having unprotected sex—that issue I do think has been dangerous.”

The Bravo contingent was also there at the Millennium Broadway Hotel: Queer Eye’s Carson Kressley, 37, in tight white pants, and Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, 53, who admitted that he had skipped the Gay Pride Parade. “We’re in the middle of production,” he said. “But I saw the crowds—and they looked enormous!”

Actress Jodie Foster, 44, attended the gala wearing a pale lavender boat-neck shift dress. She seemed very proud to be there, and had donated a record sum to the cause. But she didn’t want to talk about it.