I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy. But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.
It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that’s it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity." - Angelina Jolie (x)
I gotta say, I have a lot of respect for Rob Portman doing this — I wish him all the best. (It) took my parents a long time after I came out to them for them to be okay with it, and now they couldn’t be more supportive. So I get the sort of two-year delay.
But two things. First of all… in the interim, he thought he was going to be (Mitt Romney’s) vice president. And when he got asked about employment and non-discrimination and gay people, he already had a gay son who was out to him at that point, and he would not say that he was for it. So he waited until he was clear of the vice presidential thing. Okay.
But now, more importantly, now I want to arrange for every Republican who signed onto the Paul Ryan budget to wake up with a poor son, ‘cause then you won’t wanna cut food stamps. You won’t wanna cut child school nutrition." - MSNBC host RACHEL MADDOW, on one-time GOP vice presidential hopeful Rob Portman supporting marriage equality — two years after his son came out and, conveniently, six months after the presidential election — on Real Time With Bill Maher. (via inothernews)