Tammy Faye Messner, 65, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. What is inspiring to me about Tammy Faye is how she went from being a creepy, disgraceful televangelist who stood for nothing to a fabulous gay icon who embraced people who were different, in one abbreviated lifetime. “We’re all just people made out of the same old dirt, and God didn’t make any junk,” she said in The Eyes of Tammy Faye, a documentary made in 2000. I don’t believe in heaven, but if there is one, I’d like to think that she ascended there on those mascaraed lashes, as though they were wings.
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