Jodie Foster's Golden Globes speech praised by GLAAD, others

Jodie Foster takes to the stage at the 2012 Golden Globes Awards to collect her lifetime achievement award and reveals she's gay. AP video. (Jan. 14)

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The entertainment world and gay-rights advocates continued responding Monday to Jodie Foster's speech at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday, in which the actress acknowledged "one of the deepest loves of my life, my heroic co-parent, my ex-partner in love . . . Cydney Bernard."

"When one of the most critically praised actresses speaks about her identity and relationships on one of the largest stages in the world, it shows just how much the tide has turned," Gay & Lesbian Alliance against Defamation president Herndon Graddick said in a statement. "As more and more high-profile LGBT people like Jodie speak openly, those who do not accept LGBT people will continue to fall behind the times."

According to several reports, Foster came out publicly in 2007 at a Hollywood Reporter breakfast where she thanked "my beautiful Cydney." But Sunday's speech, in which the two-time Oscar winner accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, was televised and commanded greater attention.

One of the more unusual of the countless, mostly laudatory tweets in response was that of former Major League Baseball star Jose Canseco, who wrote, "Wow. Jodie Foster at Golden Globes makes me want to join the lesbians."

Some did criticize Foster, 50. Author Bret Easton Ellis tweeted, "The Hollywood hypocrisy is complete: Jodie Foster accepts her Lifetime Achievement award . . . and then demands PUBLIC PRIVACY."

While Foster's speech also appeared to hint that she wanted to retire, the actress told reporters backstage Sunday night: "I could never stop acting. No, I'm not retiring from acting . . . And, you know, I'd like to be directing tomorrow . . . I'm actually more into it than I have ever been."

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