Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 1, Anne Burrell

1 Jun

Today marks the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month.  June is traditionally Pride month because it commemorates the Stonewall Riots, the catalyst for the LGBTQ civil rights movement.

Today I would like to honor and celebrate Anne Burrell, who recently came out publicly, but never kept her sexual orientation a secret. Despite the large LGBT demographic for the Food Network, Burrell, Iron Chef Cat Cora, and Chopped host Ted Allen are the only regular stars who are out.

Burrell is a phenomenal chef and a woman who does not suffer fools easily. A representative of a restaurant where she was recently filming a show said, “She was gracious, fun-loving and every bit the personality that has made her a favorite.” I wish we would see more of her on Chopped, although she certainly appears on a number of interesting shows.

She is also a great example of just how truly versatile a BA in English really is. She received her initial culinary training in New York before going to Italy where she trained and worked. Burell has demonstrated a charitable side as well, most recently when competing for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation on Chopped All Stars.

Thanks to Sarah Motsenbocker for helping update this article with information about Cat Cora, who has been out since the beginning of her televised career and has featured her wife and family on Best Thing I Ever Ate. Stay tuned as we celebrate the LGBTQ community this month.

8 Responses to “Celebrating LGBTQ History Month: June 1, Anne Burrell”

  1. earthfae June 1, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    I never knew June was LGBT pride month. It is great for something just to be honest about what they are from the begining and not feel the need to hide on fear of hate. Things have changed so much for LGBT people in the last few years though we still have a long way to go.

    I am looking forward tp this series

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 1, 2012 at 9:42 am #

      Yes, it is a month that we hope we can feel safe and feel proud of who we are. Thank you for such a lovely comment. I hope you will enjoy the series.

  2. Christine Noble June 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

    You know, as someone who is both trans, and pan, I have often wondered why there are so many of us across gender identities and other demographics in the business (I may be a political scientist by training and a poet at heart, but I work as a prep cook.) It is one of those common areas of interest that both the (I guess you could call it) mainstream gay male and lesbian communities have besides the obvious. I just kind of find it curious an neat.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt June 1, 2012 at 7:47 pm #

      I also wonder if it may stem from the need to please other people–pleasing with food.

  3. nevercontrary June 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    Yay Pride month!

  4. prideinmadness June 2, 2012 at 5:47 am #

    I think you’re great so I nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award!!!! http://prideinmadness.wordpress.com/2012/06/02/reader-appreciation-award/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: