Say it proud
Can I take a moment and say how glad I am that these young and popular stars are coming out? A few weeks ago it was T.R. Knight from Grey's Anatomy, and just yesterday I heard about Doogie freakin' Howser (who has a real name too, I know).
I was very excited when George Takei came out and I applaud his courage. But I'm also very aware he did it years after he stopped being a regular face on TV. And I'm not saying it isn't understandable he decided to wait until after the millenium to come out. (Although it should be noted that those involved in the Trekkie world considered this the world's worst kept secret. But many, many of us not in that world did not know). Given the choice between coming out in the sixties and 2005, I'd choose the latter. At the same time, if no one has the courage to do something while it's difficult, how can the world change?
Yet, I want to make it clear that I still support George Takei and I'm very proud of him. I mean, come on. It's Sulu, people!
But I digress. What I'm trying to say is that while I'm proud of George Takei and glad for him, I can barely express how excited I was when T.R. Knight came out. Grey's Anatomy is an Emmy winning show, and whether you watch it or not, you can't deny that it's enjoying some spectacular popularity right now. And here's a young actor from said show, who is in the prime of his life and enjoying the success of his show, and he also has the courage to come out!
Plus, just look at his press release:
"I guess there have been a few questions about my sexuality, and I'd like to quiet any unnecessary rumors that may be out there. While I prefer to keep my personal life private, I hope the fact that I'm gay isn't the most interesting part of me." [source]
Now that is how one comes out.
And just when I thought it couldn't get any more exciting, Neil Patrick Harris comes out, too. He too did it with pride:
"(I) am quite proud to say that I am a very content gay man living my life to the fullest," Harris tells People magazine's Web site. [source]
In this day when the big coming out stories follow men who are attracted to 16 year olds (Foley) or others who preach hatred while buying meth and maybe/maybe not having sex with gay escorts (Haggard), I think it's more and more necessary for these brave and cool young men and women to come out. No scandal surrounds Knight and Harris - just pride.
(And on the Foly note, this is an excellent article I just read in The Advocate discussing the price of Foley's scandal).