Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Come out. Please.
Put aside all the insipid gossip, stand tall, and be the role model we so desperately need in this day and age. It took the death of Ryan White to have Elton John take a deep look into himself, and change all for the better. Does the suicide of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover mean anything to you?
Yes, you delivered an impassioned segment, and managed to carry the gravity the situation was worth.
But how can you have conversations with others who are taking a stand against gay discrimination, and remain in the closet yourself?
Your sexuality will become a non-issue, believe me. We don't care who you date; indeed, we won't CARE who you date. Sure, you can still drag Gloria out for your birthdays on-air, but you can also feel free to walk the carpet with either Jake Shears, or one of your other openly-gay friends.
You already have distinguished yourself as a journalist who matters, as someone who will shine the light on those we need to keep honest, and the stories which need a bit more attention. And, to warm the rest of the country up to you, you are certainly a champion for our canine companions, and have always been.
All you need to do is to have your publicist release a statement, very short, and to the point. Even go so far as to say "this is not a topic of discussion and I will not respond to questions about my sexuality in the future. PERIOD."
Look how much our new President has done for us. Do you think the "N-word" has as much sting? No way! Go ahead. Use it. Call someone a "n*gger." What will you get? Probably a laugh, and a reply: look who's running the country.
I don't know why every other reporter and everyone else in your industry affords you the "bubble" you appear to live in. That even demeans them as a reporter. I'd love to see a town meeting where someone, on live television, asks you why you won't come out of the closet.
If you really want to do something to counter the gruesome bullying which still continues in this country, in Iraq, and across the world, come out. Please.
You are very well known, and are such a role model, in so many varied ways.
Be one more. Be an openly gay man. Put paid to it.
And then, let people know it's not a topic for discussion, and move on to do what you do best:
highlight what needs to be seen in this world, no matter who, no matter how, no matter where.
And I guarantee you'll sleep better at night.
(PS: Did you just say "tea-bagging" twice to David Guergin?)
"It's hard to talk when you're tea-bagging." –| Anderson Cooper