Thursday, April 26, 2012

I met Zach Wahls today


Today,  I met Zach Wahls in the lobby of CNN where he was doing promotional appearances for his new book My Two Moms.

As regular readers of The Randy Report know, on January 31, 2011, Zach Wahls addressed the Iowa House Judiciary Committee in a public forum regarding civil unions. The nineteen-year-old son of a same-sex couple, Wahls proudly proclaimed, “The sexual orientation of my parents has had zero effect on the content of my character.” 

Hours later, his speech was posted on YouTube, where it went viral, quickly receiving more than two million views. By the end of the week, everyone knew his name and wanted to hear more from the boy with two moms.

I recently was talking about how celebrity sightings don't usually affect me much, but I have to say seeing Zach at 20 feet I dropped my bag and approached him directly.  I introduced myself and explained what I do and how much I admire him.  He could not have been more gracious as this stranger babbled to him.  He was exactly what you would expect from  his public appearances, as were his two moms.

My Two Moms also delivers a reassuring message to same-sex couples, their kids, and anyone who’s ever felt like an outsider: “You are not alone.”  Make sure you check out his new book.


I was visiting CNN with Olivia Newton-John who is also on a book tour promoting her new healthy cookbook LivWise - Easy Recipes for a Healthy Happy Life for which all proceeds go to help build the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Olivia is a long-time ally of the LGBT community and has made her own public statement supporting marriage equality: "With respect to marriage equality, I believe that no-one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment. Love is love."

My very cool honor to get to introduce these two LGBT allies to each other.

Olivia Newton-John and the Wahls family

4 comments:

  1. Good spotting. I saw him on P.Morgan - he is so articulate, kind and bright IF ONLY THE MASSES OF IDIOTS WOULD LISTEN TO HIM and how damned simple all of this should be.
    BRAVO Zach Wall - you are brave and to his two normal moms as well. People get the e** over it!
    It is as natural as having been born with blue eyes.

    PS Did ON-J pre-tape a segment on Pierce (sp) Morgan? - that would be good to see! Can I ask what program was it, and is there an air date? Thanks for that post.

    best from,
    "we disagreed on Marky M. :-) "

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  2. :)

    No, not on Piers Morgan this time. Couldn't fit it into the "puzzle" of bookings and make it work this time... She was at CNN taping for HLN Showbiz Tonight with AJ Hammer and also something for CNN.com - not sure when that will post. I think Showbiz Tonight is airing tonight...

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  3. Thanks. I put SHOWBIZ on to DVD last night, but I am sure they give you the edit. I will TIVO it again this eve, if it is a different interview. A.J. over Markie any day :-) and I'm still bruised by those autograph hounds from years ago. I am glad I found your blog. Enjoy your weekend.

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  4. What a beautiful family! Made up of 4 amazing people. Anyone who given the chance to know them would undoubtedly agree.

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