Anne Rice sends Easter message to gay community

Novelist Anne Rice sent out an Easter message to the gay community supporting their fight for equal rights.

The novelist posted her message of support to the gay community on Facebook over the weekend. Rice is an open supporter of gay rights – as well as many other issues – and quit the Christian Church in 2010 over its homophobic stance. At the time Rice stated ‘In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.’

Over the Easter weekend Rice posted on Facebook Happy Easter, Gay People of the World: you have indeed risen in the last few decades from centuries of persecution and oppression. May this be a great holiday for you all wherever you are. You are winning the battle for equal rights. And your victory over discrimination and hate is a victory for all oppressed persons. Happy Easter!’

Rice is probably most famous for her Vampire Chronicles series of books two of which have been adapted for the big screen; Interview with the Vampire in 1994 starring Tom Cruise & Brad Pitt and Queen of the Damned in 2002 which starred Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah. Rice’s other novels, with supernatural themes, include The Lives of the Mayfair Witches and New Tales of the Vampires. The writer also had penned books of a religious nature such as those chronicling the life of Jesus Christ.

Earlier this year it was revealed that the film rights to the fourth book in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series, Tale of the Body Thief, had been picked up. According to reports Roberto Orci and Alex Kirtzman are writing the screen-play for the proposed movie.