We claim we want to be treated equally as gay people, but then, in 2015, with much more acceptance in the culture, we still ask for special treatment of gay and bisexual public figures while every aspect of the sex lives of heterosexual public figures is dissected every day. We can't have it both ways any longer.
The media treated longstanding questions about Schock's sexual orientation and how it relates to his anti-gay voting record differently from questions about his official spending and how it relates to his fiscally conservative positions, holding these kinds of alleged hypocrisy to different standards.
When I talk about Schock's "closet," I mean the system of keeping LGBTs down by intimidating and disadvantaging them. Laws like those Schock supported are designed to oppress gays and lesbians, and they send a clear message: Sure, go ahead and be openly gay; just remember that you could lose your job, your home, your safety, or your life.
I fell in love with a boy who had to sneak out of his house to see me. I say "boy" not because we were teenagers breaking curfew. Shane and I were grown men, consenting adults who had been seeing each other for several months. We had everything: chemistry, passion, heat. But only when we got behind closed doors.
Oggi, sull'onda dello sconcerto per gli attacchi al Presidente Boldrini, il momento è propizio. Trasformiamo lo sdegno in legislazione. C'e' bisogno di una legislazione che tuteli le vittime di harassment sessuale o morale. Cambiare si può, ma dipende soprattutto da noi e dal nostro coraggio di alzarci in piedi e combattere contro un sistema e degli usi che ormai non sono più sostenibili.
It was Time magazine that dreamed up the word "outing" back in 1990. Specifically, it was now-deceased William Henry III, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic, who coined the term to define what he saw as a terrible invasion of privacy against even the most vile and homophobic closeted public figures by gay activists and gay journalists, and, most pointedly, by me.