During her acceptance speech this past Monday for the Point Foundation’s Horizon Award, Lena Dunham admitted her disappointment when she realized she was straight. She noted, however, she was grateful that there was at least one homo in the family: “When my sister came out, I thought, ‘Thank God, someone in this family can truly represent my passions and beliefs.'”
As reported by Vanity Fair, Dunham, who was given her award by friend and Girls co-star Andrew Rannells, explained how her home life was filled with diversity, and this constant exposure to diversity positively influenced her understanding of sexuality, as well as enabled her sister, Grace, to have a relatively trauma-free “coming out”:
Grace and Lena in 2010
“My sister Grace coming out as a gay woman at age 17 was a huge turning point for me in my understanding of the issues facing LGBTQ people. We were raised in an environment—the art world of downtown Manhattan—where no one hid their sexual orientation, and a common question from four-year-old me was ‘Mom, are those ladies gay together?’ I was always very jealous of any child who had two dads. And because of our parents’ deeply held commitment to acceptance and equality, my sister’s process of coming to terms with her sexuality was as angst-free as anything involving sex can really be. She was assured by the adults in her life that she was not only accepted, but adored for who she is. I am so happy that this is the way she was able to enter the world as a woman and an LGBTQ person.”
Grace Dunham, who will graduate from Brown University this spring, played the part of Dunham’s sister in the SXSW cult hit Tiny Furniture (2010). Grace also acted in her older sister’s 2006 short film Dealing, in which she played a 13-year-old art dealer.
If you, in a non-stalker way, check out Grace’s Facebook page, you’ll see that her background image promotes a total gay agenda.
Her older sister, Lena, for the record, donated her $25,000 award prize money to the Point Foundation. She also, to quote Shoshanna, looked “AMAZE” in her gown.