Michelangelo Signorile: The New Gay Celebrity Coming Out: ‘I’ve Never Been In’

…That’s true even as the vast majority are still closeted, told by the powers-that-be in Hollywood, media and politics that coming out will ruin their careers. But the closet hasn’t been a comfortable nor stable place for them for a long time now. Thanks to gay activists who drove the message home over a period of decades, an adult public figure living in the closet today is seen by many as sad and pathetic, not to mention living a lie, deceiving the public.

And whether it’s a sign of more honesty, or too much prying, the media and the blogosphere make it almost impossible for many celebrities to keep their sexual orientation secret for long anyway. Actor Neal Patrick Harris finally came out because he just got tired of the media speculation. “Rather than ignore those who choose to publish their opinions without actually talking to me, I am happy to dispel any rumors or misconceptions and am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man,” he said. And that was back in 2006. If you’re a closeted gay celebrity today and you don’t get speculated about by the media and the blogs ad nauseam, or outright outed in the tabloids, you may get outed by a well-meaning fellow celebrity, like Ted Allen, who perhaps isn’t aware that your glass closet wasn’t meant for the general public to peer through…

Michelangelo Signorile: The New Gay Celebrity Coming Out: ‘I’ve Never Been In’.

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