A New Lucy in Celeron 

by Hank Donat on 08/12/2016

Lucille Ball not only became television’s favorite housewife in the 1950s – she also raised two children of her own at the height of her demanding career as an industry mogul. Lucy, who told People magazine in 1980, “Some of the most gifted people I’ve ever met or read about are homosexual. How can you knock it?” is also remembered today as an enduring icon in the LGBT community.

Gay Housewife® was there last week when the city of Celeron, New York celebrated its homegrown entertainment legend on what would have been her 106th birthday.

Lucy by Carolyn Palmer

Festival highlights included benefit performances and the dedication of a beautiful new statue, commissioned after the public demanded a more appropriate likeness than an earlier work dubbed “Scary Lucy.”

Scary Lucy by Dave Poulin.

What Lucy means to gay people can be summed up by saying that she, like her character, refused to be told who she was. She liberated herself from the expectations of others and was also inclusive.

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