Watch: Lena Dunham opens up about gay sister during speech

Watch: Lena Dunham opens up about gay sister during speech

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 10 April 2014 10:07 Written by // Sabine Brix

Girls star Lena Dunham has opened up about her gay sister while accepting an award for her LGBT advocacy work in New York.

The writer/actress was receiving the Point Foundation’s Horizon award for her contributions to the LGBT community when she spoke about her sister Grace’s coming out process and the effect it had on her.

“My sister Grace’s coming out as a gay woman at age 17 was a huge turning point for me and my understanding of the issues facing LGBTQ people," she said.

Dunham mentioned her affections for the gay community, adding a touch of humour, as is atypical of the talented comedian.

“I have always felt a strong and emotional connection to members of the LGBTQ community.

It was actually a huge disappointment for me, when I came of age and realized that I was sexually attracted to men. So when my sister came out, I thought, ‘Thank God, someone in this family can truly represent my passions and beliefs.’

Watch Lena's speech here:

The start of the hit TV show Girls then spoke about the series and her aim to represent a broad cross section of the community.

“Our goal on ‘Girls’ is to show you non-stereotypical examples of the range of people who inhabit this amazing city, and we are learning more about what that means every day.”

[Story image] Grace and Lena Dunham. Photo:


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

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