The Housewife explains how her lesbian sister Rosie's role on the show is helping Americans accept gay people.

on Jun 13, 2013 - The Dish0

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars—do-gooders? Kathy Wakile thinks so.

In a new interview with RadarOnline.com, the RHONJ star says Season 5 of the show is helping Americans become more comfortable with gay citizens. And having her sister Rosie, a lesbian, appear on the show is helping advance the cause.

"The more we talk about it, the more people understand what it means to be gay—and it shows what someone has had to go through their whole life," Kathy says. "Hopefully, we knock all those barriers down and open it up for people and they can understand that it's not easy."

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Kathy hopes that with her support of the cause, discrimination against the gay community will diminish. “That’s a thing of the past,” she says. “Open your eyes people! We all have blood running through our veins. So the fact that we have put that out there, it’s so important and more people should be talking about it.”

For her part, Rosie has already learned to enjoy her status as a beloved figure on the show. “She takes my advice: ‘Don’t just go to work and come home only,’ ” Kathy says. “You have to go out there and enjoy yourself because you only get one chance to live life and live it to the fullest.”

And Rosie will get to do that more than ever now that barriers against gays have broken down. “Gone are those days of hiding and having to disguise your feelings and disguise how you are because it doesn’t fit into society," says Kathy.

Watch: Rosie comes out to her family


4 comments
sandi2
sandi2

Kathy it's cool if you need a reason as to why Rosie is on the show; that's *your* issue.   But the rest of us don't care what her personal sexual perfs are - we viewers love Rosie simply because she is Rosie.      Team Rosie !      

Debbieinmissouricitytx
Debbieinmissouricitytx

Joey got to meet with your sister in Houston at Barnes in Noble and she looked like a million dollars and like an Italian Barbie! She is so sweet and charming and funny and witty! she talked to me like she had known me all her life!  She arrived with a loud roaring applause and the crowd went crazy over her and juicy and her books sold out before she got there! Must have been over a thousand people there! Everyone left with a big smile on their face!

colleen.oreillyjohnson
colleen.oreillyjohnson

I Was Raised To No Know That One Is Lucky,  If They Have Someone To Walk This Earth With. To Have Someone To Love You As You Are. And My Mother Did Not Say It Had To Be Of The Opposite Sex, She Told Us Back In The Sixty's That As Long AS Two People Love Each Other They Are Truly Bless. So I Pray For Rosie, That God Will Send Her The One That She Will Walk The Rest Of Her Life With. :)

 

piperbeau
piperbeau

Its weird to me that Rosie waited until Kathy's daughter Victoria was eighteen before she had a conversation with her about being gay?!! Makes no sense? I think their may have been some truth to what Teresa said about Kathy not being so accepting in the beginning! I wish Kathy would keep it real... They could actually help a family with their story!! If they keep it one hundred percent real... and at this point I don't believe they are!! Period!