Last week, Entertainment Weekly
ran a story on an emerging trend: gay people in public life who come
out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past.
In many ways, it’s a great development: we’re evolved enough not to be
gob-smacked when we find out someone’s gay. But it does matter
nonetheless, it seems to me, that this is on the record. We still have
pastors calling for the death of gay people, bullying incidents and
suicides among gay kids, and one major political party dedicated to
ending the basic civil right to marry the person you love. So these
“non-events” are still also events of a kind; and they matter. The
visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality.
All of which is a prelude to my saying that I’ve known Anderson
Cooper as a friend for more than two decades. I asked him for his
feedback on this subject, for reasons that are probably obvious to most.
Here’s his email in response which he has given me permission to post