Thursday, August 30, 2007

Re: Aria's Rant Re: Gabe's Rant Re: Kyle's Rant

This is going to be a short post, I just wanted to continue the humorous subject lines that have been going on.

I have been troubled for sometime with the increasing practice of outing political figures or celebrities. Whether it be the Frank rule or Perez Hilton's blog, I consider outing of public figures to be wrong. And nearly every major gay rights group agrees with me (including the HRC, the NGLTF, and the Log Cabin Republicans, among others).

Sexual orientation is inherantly personal. And indeed, for gay people it is something they are forced to deal with for their entire lives. A lot of straight folks take for granted the sheer volume of heterosexism and homophobia in this country. For this reason, gay people have to come to terms with their sexuality THEMSELVES, with no negative outside influence.

Coming out is a lifelong process - you don't just do it once and then get it over with, you have to continue doing it for your entire life (after all, unlike innate features such as eye or skin color, one's sexuality is not immediately evident to the observer). Coming from someone who has, at one point been outed to folks against his will, this should never happen to anyone. I don't care how hypocritical they are; I don't care how they use their influence to affect others. Outing someone without their consent is just plain wrong.

That being said, what is happening right now with Senator Craig is not forced outing. Rather it is the ongoing proceedings of a very public crime. Now whether or not we make fun of Senator Craig's situation, or cast aspersions on him for being a hypocrite, that's up for debate in my mind. But forced outings, that's not.

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