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Rosie O'Donnell: A Family Is a Family Is a Family

Rosie O'Donnell: A Family Is a Family Is a Family

To say Rosie O'Donnell is a family woman is an understatement; she's an outright advocate for family... and I mean just having a family of any kind. O'Donnell has supported gay adoption for almost two decades since she began her own family. She's reared -- and is still rearing -- four children with her nowex-partner Kelli Carpenter O'Donnell.

Despite her recent break up, Rosie maintains a strong connection to the family unit, turning up to the viewing of her new HBO Special A Family Is a Family Is a Family on Tuesday night with the entire clan in tow.

Via an invitation from GLAAD, I got a chance to view Roise's new special, which premiers on HBO January 31. It's a documentary told from the point of view of children under the age of 10 about what family is. O'Donnell and the producers of the film assembled families of all kinds -- gay, straight, interracial, and single parents -- to illustrate what I can only describe as family in the age of post-modernism.

O'Donnell told Julie Bolcer of The Advocate, "We went to a bunch of different schools in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas. We said it was a Rosie O’Donnell film, and the families that said, ‘We’d like to participate,’ we vetted them on that."

While on the red carpet, the MSM was interested in getting her take on The Tonight Show. Earlier that day, Rosie had smeared Leno over not stepping aside for O'Brien. In the mayhem of reporting that happens on the red carpet, I was able to ask Rosie a few LGBT questions for Velvetpark. She told me that while she'd like to see everyone get equal rights and feels confident we will get them eventually, she'd like to see the foster care system overhauled first.

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