Come out, come out, wherever you are!
People think I’m gay all the time. It could be the soccer or the lack of feminine wiles. A colleague once assumed I was a lesbian because I always wear purple. It’s a Teletubbies thing, apparently.
Anyway, I’m not, and what happened at uni stays at uni.
But if I was, I’d be out. I’m lucky in that I don’t think anyone I care about would have any sort of problem if I was gay. Well, except Bloke. He’d probably be upset.
Many people aren’t so lucky, and it would be intriguing to know how many Australians are still in that dark lonely closet.
Magda Szubanski has come out today in support of gay marriage, with a vague sort of revelation of her own sexuality. She said:
I am 1000 per cent in favour of gay marriage. We pay taxes, fight wars for this country, nurse you when you are sick, make you laugh, sing and dance for you, play netball for you, star in your movies, cook your meals, decorate your store windows. And, chances are, gay people designed whatever it is you’re wearing.
I don’t know whether a gay Chinese person did design this crappy (purple) $10 top I’m wearing, but she’s right about everything else.
What I would like to know is: Why did it take so long? Surely film and television are among the most gay-friendly industries around?
Ms Szubanski has been happy to talk openly about weight loss, so she’s not shy about her personal life.
There must be something else that stopped her, and is stopping other high-profile people, from coming out.
That’s a real shame. One of the reasons there’s residual anti-gay sentiment in the community is because people don’t relate to the issue, they don’t empathise.
It’s much harder to be vehemently opposed to gay marriage (as opposed to apathetic) if you know a normal, happy gay couple, or admire and watch a gay actor.
Unless there’s a genuine reason not to, high-profile members of the GLBT community really do have a moral obligation to come out, to give younger gay people role models. It doesn’t have to be because of a specific issue. It doesn’t have to be a big deal (although gossip pages probably make that hard).
But staying in the closet is passively admitting that there is something wrong.
Maybe we can make a day of it, starting this year. Valentine’s Day – a day for all sorts of lovers to make their feelings known.
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