I would think that coming out has multiple layers.<quoted text>
Thought you might take that tack....
"Coming out" is a personal statement about ones own sexuality, and the "political statement" is a call to unite. The "coming out" isn't a call to unite, it is self-serving publicity stunt to attract mates. They are different. Would I be serving a political agenda if I got on TV and announced that I was a Witch?. No. I'd be telling people about my personal business. Would I be serving a political agenda if I got on TV and announced that Witchcraft was a discriminated-against religion? Yes. See? They are different. The difference is that I do not care if some poof wants to be known as available. It's not what we are supposed to use public media for, at least, it didn't used to be, but, as we all know, we know live in self-indulgent times. Keep your personal information to yourself, please, you are making entirely too much noise in my space.
Homosexuals have been the butt of jokes for as long as I've been around. Gay folks have been ostracised heavily in that same time. I don't think it comes as a surprise that many keep their orientation a secret for a fair portion of their early life. Kids are cruel as hell. Eventually they've got to come out if they're going to be honest with themselves or their families. Political reasons? Sure. Seeking mates? Sure. But is that the sum total of the reasons for coming out? I seriously doubt it. I don't honestly think I can understand what it is to be forced into the closet, much less come out of it, given the way gays have been viewed for a good portion of my life.
I am reminded of my nephew's struggle. Most of us (his extended family) knew he was gay for a long time - since he was quite young. He finally came out after he was caught with a young man about 3 or 4 years older. His biological father disowned him. He didn't speak to another son by a different mother for a few years because he pierced his ear. That wasn't macho and really bothered him. Surprisingly, his stepfather kept an open mind. His mother, was totally surprised by the news and worried the rest of us would shun her. It was a bit messy for her until she got all of our reaction. Mostly, "what, you didn't know before now?" He is now married to his partner of 4 years. He's a quiet polite young man, clean cut and hard working. His mate is similar apart from being a bit more outgoing. His family has been much more supportive of him as far as I know.