Is The Closet Ever OK?

Since: Aug 07

United States

#1 Oct 1, 2007
I don’t normally traffic in moral absolutes; but is the closet ever OK? Is secretly going though your day as something more than exclusively hetero and less than proudly homo defensible? If we draw a line in the sand that some refuse to cross, should we give a little push because an out & proud life would be better for them (and, more importantly, for us)?

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“I will not go quietly.”

Since: Feb 07

Indianapolis Indiana

#2 Oct 1, 2007
"Signorile believes that "When it comes to being open and out, the first priority has to be safety - particularly with young people."
Frankly I do not believe that simply being a celebrity takes away a person's right to privacy. The only time in which I advocate outing is in which a persons actions and private life are diametrically opposed. If a person is a Evangelical Priest that preaches homosexuality is a "sin" yet plays with other men on the side, he needs to be outed. If a person is a Public Representative(from local to federal level) who consistently vote's against Gays and Lesbian interests yet has a "boyfriend/girlfriend " on the side, they need to be outed. Hypocrisy should not be tolerated.

“Author in search of a niche”

Since: Jul 07

Dallas, TX

#3 Oct 1, 2007
Pagan and Proud wrote:
"Signorile believes that "When it comes to being open and out, the first priority has to be safety - particularly with young people."
Frankly I do not believe that simply being a celebrity takes away a person's right to privacy. The only time in which I advocate outing is in which a persons actions and private life are diametrically opposed. If a person is a Evangelical Priest that preaches homosexuality is a "sin" yet plays with other men on the side, he needs to be outed. If a person is a Public Representative(from local to federal level) who consistently vote's against Gays and Lesbian interests yet has a "boyfriend/girlfriend " on the side, they need to be outed. Hypocrisy should not be tolerated.
Absolutely agree, P&P. Coming out is a personal matter, with lots of variables. No one can know the dynamics of another person's situation--their emotional support, etc. No one should make that decision for them.(i.e., outing)

But there are times when it's a moral imperative...as in the cases you mentioned and as I've said on this board on other occasions as well.

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