Author Anne Rice has wished “gay
people of the world” a happy Easter.
Rice posted the wish on her Facebook
“Happy Easter, Gay People of the
World: you have indeed risen in the last decades from centuries of
persecution and oppression. May this be a great holiday for you all
wherever you are. You are winning the battle for equal rights. And
your victory over discrimination and hate is a victory for all
oppressed persons. Happy Easter!” Rice wrote.
The egalitarian Rice also wished other
groups, including children and women, a Happy Easter in separate
Last February, Rice, who is best know
for her Vampire Chronicles series, left the Roman Catholic
church, saying the church's opposition to gay marriage pushed her
She told NPR that she felt an “intense
pressure” when she learned of the church's pivotal involvement in
supporting gay marriage bans.
While Rice has a gay son, she said that
fact did not play a role in her decision.
“My experience with gay people long
preceded Christopher coming out of the closet and becoming a gay
novelist,” she said.
She also clarified in subsequent
interviews that she was walking away from organized religion, not