September 22nd, 2007
01:03 PM ET
11 years ago

Clinton: I am not a lesbian

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Hillary Clinton's sexuality is not the most pressing issue on the presidential campaign trail, but it is likely to get a fair amount of attention on a lazy Friday in the nation’s capital.

The Advocate asked Clinton about past rumors that she is gay.

The New York Democrat tells “The Advocate” that she is not a lesbian, according to a story in Friday’s edition of The New York Daily News.

"It's not true, but it is something that I have no control over," Clinton tells the magazine in a story set for publication next week.

“People will say what they want to say," she added.

The comments came in response to a question posed by Sean Kennedy, an editor of the Advocate: "How do you respond to the occasional rumor that you're a lesbian?"

Kennedy tells CNN he asked Clinton about the rumors because "they are a point of solidarity between her and the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community."

"Because her political opponents, and others, have used the word 'lesbian' to hurt her personally and politically, she knows first hand the stigma associated with homosexuality just as gay people do," Kennedy said. "She did not seem surprised by the question in the least and responded like the experienced politician she is."

The interview was conducted immediately after last month's Human Rights Campaign presidential forum.

UPDATE: The Advocate has published the full article on its Web site

Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (575 Responses)
  1. Brook

    then, my vote goes to MICKY MOUSE, unless he has something hiding in the closed in that case MINNIE MOUSE got a problem.

    September 21, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  2. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    Sen. Hillary Clinton's sexuality is not the most pressing issue on the presidential campaign trail, read your statement CNN.

    Sen. Hillary Clinton may not stand out as a glamour queen or may resemble people liken too Ellen DeGeneres; but is her sexuality really a pressing issue on the presidential campaign trail?

    Where dose these nowhere illusionist issues originate from and what is a justified reason for not addressing factual issues when reporting on presidential candidates?

    Just more of the same of our past human nature distracting mud sling commentary to get their political machines verbally battling once again.

    September 21, 2007 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  3. mkw, quincy, il.

    Are you kidding!!!! What next?!!!!!!!!

    September 21, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  4. Clair, Chicago

    Wow, the comments, so far, sound more like heckling that is colored by a residual appreciation of junior high humor than thoughtful reactions based on at least a modicum of critical thinking skills. And these are people who read the news??

    September 21, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  5. AK Jane, Alaska

    PLEEEEEEEEEASE! What is happening to CNN? They are second only to Fox Noise with it's right-wing comments and stories. Hillary forgave and stayed with her husband unlike most in the Republican Party who have been married at least twice. I am so tired of their 'do as I say, not as I do' attitude. They say, 'being gay is wrong and a mortal sin' but they are second only to Catholic priests in the pedophile category (this is where I add that very few gay people are pedophiles). I should point out that adultery is also a mortal sin and that seems to run rampant in the Republican Party. Yea, yea, I know, Bill was an adulterer too. You never let us forget it. And speaking of Bill...everything is NOT his fault. lol

    September 21, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  6. Todaline, Weymouth, MA

    Children, please grow up!!! What does one's sexual preference or orientation have to do with his or her ability to govern? Oh yeah, it's called puritanism. The candidate should be above all things sexual but he or she can go ahead and exterminate people with different views. Not included in the "puritanism thing". Laughable. You should learn a bit more about political education before posting about politics...

    September 21, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. Paul, Phoenix, Arizona

    There must not be anything else to report on in the world today.

    Makes me want to vote for her just to tick off the "people" who start this kind of nonsense, and those who report it.

    September 21, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  8. nmm, aurora, co

    cnn–i'm pretty sure that my post a while ago that essentially accused you all of being too lazy to find real news to cover was not "unlawful, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic or (in any) other (way) material that would violate the law" so why did you remove it? mrs. clinton's response to a question related to a rumor about a topic that is nobody's business is NOT news. i would expect that sort of thing from fox, not cnn.

    September 21, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Ayveel, Dallas, TX

    O how I promise you that Republicans didn't come up with this one. This is something that goes back at 10 years. People had this concern when Bill was in office when she was asked things about homosexuality. Those comments were not paid much attention because if though there were a lot of homosexuals, being gay wasn't as popular.

    If she says she isn't, then I take that she isn't. What would be interesting is why "THe Advocate" asks the question. Has something that CLinton has done made it appear that she could be lesbian.

    Could a lesbian win the presidency?

    Probably so. They allow Barney Frank to continue to serve after his B/F ran a prostitute ring.

    Makes no sense.

    SOmebody said lets move on to more important issues. No! We have so many issues that moving is not an option. We must stay right here until liberals retreat. Us conservatives will not give up.

    September 21, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. Kari, New York City, NY

    Might want to ask the Secret Service agents assigned to her/the family when Bill Clinton was president. Seriously.

    September 21, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  11. Bill, Arkansa

    Now I know what the sound of a 'self imploding campaign' is like. Hillllaaarrryyy.

    September 21, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. John B - Dallas, TX

    LOL! Gotta love it! This reminds me of being in the 7th grade. You remember?

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face. It's been a hard day and I wasn't in the mood for real news anyway.

    Pssst... have you heard that President Bush is a lesbian as well?

    September 21, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Julie Hammerman

    Just leave it alone!!!!!!!!! Why is this even a discussion? We have perverts looking for sex in the bathroom, or male senators chasing male interns, C'mon if that's all you can come up with regarding Hillary, GET A LIFE!!!!!

    September 21, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  14. Paul, Santa Maria CA

    Is she or isn't she? Who cares? I mean, really people, does it matter? Hillary is thoughtful, rational, intelligent and damn good looking! Of course, she is viewed as a threat by many men & almost all Republicans ~~ comes with the territory & so do the lesbian rumours. But, then, the Republican right usually takes up slogans & innuendoes when they feel threatened. As for Hillary, well, she can stand up for herself, not pull any punches & give lots of voters hope for a better tomorrow.

    September 21, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. B. Aaron

    Doesnt she look awful mean in this picture? Maybe when she becomes president she can get a face lift.

    September 21, 2007 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. trekks, kansas

    Samantha, Washington- What are u doing tonight girl, I think Im in love. Nice to hear from a D.C. Republican.

    September 21, 2007 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  17. Hillary and Obama are the hope of this country, TX

    I am glad the GOP did NOT insult Hillary, for once, by making the lesbian comment.

    The worst insult would have been someone calling her a "Republican".

    September 21, 2007 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. dee white

    Someone should point blank ask Bush if he is a Moron. Then he could deny that and make ALOT OF NEWS, because everyone knows that would be a lie. He is in fact a moron.

    September 21, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. sad

    Why do so many people choose to blindly believe anything they hear or read that may support their beliefs? Is it because they are too lazy to do the homework required to find the truth? It’s true that it sometimes takes serious digging to find it buried deep beneath the piles of crap layered on by gossip mongers and despicable, lying talking heads, e.g. Bill O’Liely, Ann Gloater, Sean (I’m so great I don’t need to tell the truth) Hamity, Rush (I’m such a flaming hot air bag my ignorant minions will find crap for me) Limbag, etc? Personally, I find it very repulsive to imagine swallowing crap from anyone, let alone these folks. Maybe it’s because their heads are so rock hardened by listening to and reading crap published by the media empire that is owned by Rupert Murdoch and cleverly manipulated by Roger Ailes for the purpose of mass obfuscation. Unfortunately, our society gets what it deserves. All hail (hile) intellectual mediocrity, deceit and the Right Wing machine. Keep bombing us with these weapons of mass deception and eventually we’ll all become mush-minded twits with crap-stained smiles and prayers in our blackened hearts.

    September 21, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. keith smith,BUCKHANNON, WV

    hillary is no more gay than cheney is human or bush is cognizant.

    September 21, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.


    Democrats are assuming that calling Sen. Clinton a lesbian is a tired attempt at a right-wing smear because, so far, only right-wingers and their fellow travelers have made this baseless "accusation." (I knew someone who knew someone who had an anonymous source who said ...)
    And Kim: if Republicans figured out that Democrats wouldn't vote for Sen. Clinton in the primaries because they were afraid that Republicans would attack her, it wouldn't matter whether Democrats then proceeded to nominate Sen. Obama, Sen. Edwards, or the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Man. Republicans would attack and destroy him/her too because they would know that Democrats were enormous cowards. (Ask John Kerry.) It's not whether they attack you (OF COURSE THEY WILL), it's how well you fight back.

    September 21, 2007 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  22. Barbara

    Goes to show you the Republicans are running scared! Good.

    September 21, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    I am actually a little shocked she skipped out on an opportunity to pander to a segment of the voting population.

    September 21, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Barbara Bentley, sanford NC

    That's right people will say what they will say and Hillary has as many comments about others. For someone that stood up in front of the nation and lied about her husbands affairs (like she didn't know they were going on), she has no room to talk about anyone.........that family just does not know how to tell the truth,

    September 21, 2007 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |


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