Suze with a "Z" (and no "i")
When Suze Orman's name was announced at the Daytime Emmys last year as the winner for Outstanding Service Show, she sprang from her seat, embraced the woman next to her, kissed her and made her way to the stage. The woman was about Orman's age, similarly styled with a no-nonsense haircut and looked slightly uncomfortable in her evening gown. She beamed with the unmistakable pride of a loving spouse as Orman accepted her award. It was then that Scott and I looked at each other and thought "Holy cow, Suze Orman is a lesbian!"
Yes, it's true. Apparently Orman will come out in an interview this weekend in the New York Times Magazine. According to the article, the woman Orman embraced that night was Kathy Travis, her life-partner. "We're going on seven years," says Orman. "I have never been with a man in my whole life. I'm still a 55-year-old virgin." Okay, thanks, Suze, that was maybe more information than we needed. We get the point.
The point of course is visibility. I love the idea of all those hard-boiled, money-grubbing Republicans tuning in to get financial tips from an out, proud lesbian worth "pretty close" to $25 million. Suze Orman is the best selling author of several financial books, has hosted a series of PBS specials and even enjoyed a stint as an Oprah show regular before becoming host of The Suze Orman Show on CNBC.
She is strong, she is invincible, she is woman!