....Is speaking up a whole lot these days!
Today, The New York Times makes a compelling argument with a story about celebrities self-outing themselves vs. the ordinary individual-- as young as high schoolers, these days--- coming out to peers.
Quips Eric Marcus: “The most significant effort any of us can make in moving the ball forward in terms of promoting awareness and acceptance of this issue is for those of us who are gay to come out to those closest to us,” he said. “It isn’t ultimately the celebrity that changes people’s minds, or the politician. It’s the individual, one on one.”
The Times' article even supports the argument of coming out safely after the star has made millions from his career. This one is aimed at you Bass FatAss (why didn't you come out pre-boy band or while in the band?) as well as you Ricky Martin:
“With more and more gays and lesbians coming out in middle school and high school, it’s hard not to view coming out post-peak in your career or whenever as cowardly, if not opportunistic,” said Dan Savage, the gay author and editorial director of The Stranger, a Seattle newsweekly, where he writes an advice column called “Savage Love.”
“Now that I have my millions, now that it’s totally safe, now that I can scoop up a few more fans, I will come out,” Mr. Savage added. “Forgive me, but I have much more admiration for those kids coming out in middle school.”
We couldn't agree with you more Dan. You are ALWAYS right on the mark!! You sexy scribe. Marry us Beeboo!!! You intellectual hottie!