Ask AfterEllen.com (Jan. 13, 2009)

Want to know the status of a particular movie, TV show, or band? Wondering what a certain actress is up to these days? Want to know if someone is openly gay? (We won’t out anyone, but we’ll let you know what they’ve said publicly.) Send your entertainment-related questions to askafterellen@gmail.com — with your first name, city and country — and we’ll try to answer as many as we can.

Question: Is [actress] Clea DuVall a lesbian or has she ever come out and said anything about her sexuality?

Melissa, Syracuse, New York

Clea DuVall

Answer: The 31-year old actress has never publicly stated her sexual orientation.

She is a favorite among lesbian viewers for her work in several films by out director Jamie Babbit, including But I’m A Cheerleader (1999), Sleeping Beauties (a short film starring Radha Mitchell, of High Art fame), Itty Bitty Titty Committee (2007), and her role in the HBO film, The Laramie Project, about the homophobia-fueled murder of Matthew Shepherd (written and directed by Moisés Kaufman).

In the Emmy award-winning HBO series Carnivàle, DuVall’s character, Sofie, had a lesbian love scene with Carla Gallo’s character, Libby.

Last May, she guested an episode of This Just Out with Liz Feldman, where she tried to avoid becoming friends with Liz.

Clea’s fansite has an extensive photo gallery of DuVall’s tattoos, including a photo of her tattoo bearing the phrase "I Heart Marcie."

There is speculation that the reference is to a former girlfriend, but it could also simply mean that she’s a big Peanuts fan.

Question: I read somewhere that Uh Huh Her is comprised of two lesbian musicians, but is Camila Grey out?

—Pahke, Honolulu, Hawaii

Leisha Haile (left) and Camila Grey of Uh Huh Her

Answer: Officially, the band has one lesbian member, singer-actress Leisha Hailey (The L Word). Her bandmate, Camila Grey has not made any public statements about her sexual orientation.

Camila Grey

In an August 2008 interview with the band, Hailey and Grey were asked if they were in relationships — both said "yes," then Grey was specifically asked about her sexuality:

AE: Are you queer, Camila? Do you identify as queer?
CG:
I don’t talk about my private life. You caught me off guard with that relationship question!

If Grey changes her mind and decides to talk about her "private life," we’ll let you know!

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