Openly gay actress Lily Tomlin says
she's dumbfounded by the increasing support for LGBT rights.
The 75-year-old Tomlin plays Ellie, a
lesbian poet coping with the recent death of her longtime partner, in
Grandma, her first leading role in twenty-seven years.
Grandma opens in theaters Friday.
Tomlin, who married her wife Jane
Wagner in 2013, was asked by TheWrap.com
whether the recent Supreme Court ruling striking down gay marriage
bans in all 50 states felt “significant.”
“It's been dumbfounding to me how the
gay community has been so successful in progressing,” Tomlin
answered. “I think it’s a matter of enough kids coming out to
their parents and their neighbors and their relatives – and slowly,
it burgeoned into a big awareness that my kid is gay, or my
grandchild, or the kid around the corner.”
“It’s made people soften, and then
suddenly we're enveloped and assimilated into the culture. And I
thought it was amazing and remarkable,” she added.