Like the curious person that I am, I always read certain celebrity gossip sites. This week, I was reading one in which an article actually angered me. The article was about someone in Hollywood encouraging actors or other entertainment figures to stay in the closet.
These people are so influential. They should be encouraging folks to be themselves. After all, isn’t the art of entertainment about expression? It’s about being different from others. If they weren’t so different, so innovative, they wouldn’t be entertaining.
The article went on to say something about it’s better for lay persons (teachers, lawyers, other professions) to come out. I feel that it would be better for everyone if this whole sexuality/gender issue wasn’t such an issue. The whole idea that sexuality defines anyone shouldn’t be up for debate. We can’t characterize someone based on genetics.
I know that it’s such a struggle. And I’m not saying that it is easy. It’s all circumstantial. It all depends on the person. I have surely taken my time and I’m not completely out of the closet. So I’m not one to toot my horn. But to encourage someone to take a step backward or to not take any steps at all isn’t healthy.
Wouldn’t it be better if we could all just come out?