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“Congrats what for?”
“HRC Ally for Equality.”
“That’s brilliant,” Bette grinned.
“I’m choosing not to go to the show, but I am looking into recording a video. Yvonne wants me to out us,” Tina said finding the menu she was looking for,
“She’s got it into her head that I need to share my private life.”
“Even I know that’s not going to happen. Helena spent your whole relationship together talking to the press.”
“She wanted the world to know we were dating. She sold a story about our sex life once. She was vile about it,” Tina shook her head.
“That must have been hard for you,” Bette said softly.
“It was horrible,” Tina admitted. “What happens in my private life is between me and you. I’m a private person. I don’t want the world watching me but I know because of my job people think they need to know me, my life. But I don’t want that. I want my private life private.”
“I will do that for you,” Bette got up slowly picking up her cane and walking over to Tina. She ran her hand along her back. “I’m willing to be that woman for you if that’s what you want.”
“You know you are what I want.” Tina turned and hugged Bette. “I’m sorry, I’m so happy to see you,”
“I know you are, you’ve also got a lot on your mind,”
“I wish I’d not chosen a career where the public want to own me.”
“you’re a remarkable actress, I think you should go to the HRC,”
“Yes, and I would love to be at your side if you would like,”
“I’d be proud to be at your side and you deserve this award.” Bette said, “If you don’t want to go that’s fine, you can record your speech, but I’m not hiding my love for you. I understand how you feel about your private life, but I’m not going anywhere. I want to be with you. I would like you to know that.”
Tina nodded taking in Bette’s words. she smiled softly
KENNARD WINS ALLEY HRC AWARD
Actress Tina Kennard, 31 has become the latest winner of the Human Rights Campaign’s Alley award. Last night she arrived at the awards and posed on the Red carpet alone. it was only when the camera panned to her at the table that it become known that Bette Porter, 42 was with her.
Kennard was awarded the award by her friend, Jenni Masters who starred with her in ‘Midnight Hour’
Kennard took to the stage in her designer silver dress, that clung to her body. Kennard looked emotional as she stood on before the audience.
“I’m honoured. I really am. I’m an openly bi-sexual woman who is in the public light. I’ve been an actor since I was fourteen and people didn’t expect me to get this far but here I am. I’m lucky to be able to do a job I love. I’m a very private person. My private life is that private but I know people are interested.
I came out as bi-sexual when I was nineteen and I remember the letters I got. I now get DM’s on social media about it. It’s fine to be bi-sexual, you’re not odd, or less than. You’re just you. I fall in love with the person not the gender. I am attracted to men and women. I’ve been in relationships with men and women.
I am currently in a relationship with a woman. I feel like I shouldn’t be judged for who I love. All I can ask is that people find love with their lives. Love is a wonderful, all consuming feeling and when you find that love hold onto it. Enjoy it. Find someone who wants you as much as you want them. There is a joy in finding someone to share your life with. It doesn’t matter if you gay, straight, lesbian, transgender or bisexual. It matters that you have love in your life. That you find the one person to share you’re life with.
I will forever be a private person but I know when my door closes and the world is outside the person with me behind that door loves me for me and I love them for them.
Stay strong and love each other.”
Kennard was pictured with her award and left shortly after the dinner finished with Ms Porter.