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‘The Real L Word’ Is Coming Out—Again

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 30, 2012

As part of the cast of The Real L Word, Whitney Mixter and Sara Bettencourt are all about being out and proud. And the couple says that it’s everyone’s responsibility to be out and proud advocates for animals.

While Showtime offers T-shirts that proclaim the wearer’s crush on Whitney, she thinks wearing an animal rights T-shirt is one great way to proclaim that animals have rights. Whitney dishes on that and other easy ways to never to be silent in her exclusive interview with PETA:

As the guardians of three rescued dogs, both ladies keep the real “A” word—adoption—close to their hearts.

“There’s no reason to go through a breeder,” Sara says in her PETA interview. “It seems ridiculous to me, and all these animals that are in shelters need homes, need families, and that needs to be something that everybody is aware of.”

Whitney agrees: “Visiting shelters, it hits home: This is very real, animals are being brought in all the time. And you know, you can do something about it.”

For more great ways to be an out and proud animal advocate and “do something about it,” visit

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  • Alena says:

    In Washington, the Tacoma Pierce County humane society is now giving out their black, tuxedo and over 8 year old cats for free (that’s minus the usual cost of processing and spay/neuter) because those are the least adopted animals there. If you are from the area (or about to visit the area) please stop in and say hello to some black, tuxedo & over 8 year old cats! They will be happy to meet you!