Regarding The Guardian interview that’s getting a lot of pickup today: in that interview, I wasn’t asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn’t say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview at all – even implicitly. I don’t tend to be shy when I criticize – you wouldn’t have to read between the lines if that’s what I was trying to do. I’ve long held three basic beliefs about the ethics of coming out:
- Gay people – generally speaking – have a responsibility to our own community and to future generations of gay people to come out, if and when we feel that we can.
- We should all get to decide for ourselves the “if and when we feel that we can” part of that.
- Closeted people should reasonably expect to be outed by other gay people if (and only if) they prey on the gay community in public, but are secretly gay themselves.