Gay Celebs Come Out Quietly These Days

Categories: Gaaaaayyyyyy

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If they come out at all.

Gone are the days of "Yep, I'm Gay!" magazine covers and grand-scale declarations.

Michelangelo Signorile explains that today's gays open the closet door via a casual comment on their blog or a quickie mention in an interview.

Why do it like that?

Signorile explains that this way, the stars avoid promoting the idea that they were ever in the closet in the first place!

Pretty crafty.

And as far as I can see, most of them (Zach Quinto, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons) were glass closeted anyway--i.e., they led pretty open lives, never dredging up bogus opposite-sex lovers or excuses and sometimes even being seen with their partners.

So cheers to the new subtle queers--as long as they follow up their casual mentions with a lifetime of honesty and not crawling back.

And thank God MTV's Paul Iacono decided to do it the semi-old-fashioned way, by coming out to yours truly in a big way!



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23 comments
Dugaldo
Dugaldo

A friend came out to me as a hardcore Disney fan once. It took me a while. But the more free trips to Disneyland, the more normal the whole thing started to feel. These days its like, I see a duck in a bottomless sailor outfit walk down the street, I don't even flinch.

nostradavid
nostradavid

Seeing the young Spock played by a gay guy was perfect.The old Spock was always so logical except for the Amok Time episode,where he was under the influence of Pon farr - where he must mate or die.The Romulans always seemed like the most flamboyant aliens.

VonD
VonD

What about Raven Symone, chile? Didn't she supposedly come out too? I would have thought you'd have been all up on that.

Nathanielsiege
Nathanielsiege

Zach who waited for a sacrifice to out himself. His timing sucked. Just like his performance in angels in america. Couldn't come out when it would have meant something to a teen. I never watched new star trek anyway. Where are the gays with guts?

MarkyMark
MarkyMark

I guess that not everyone is angling for a People magazine cover; although I'm slightly nostalgic for the old days of drama involving Clay Aiken and Lance Bass.  And then there is Anderson, who has kinda created a niche all his own, giggling all the way...

Zhoosh
Zhoosh

Well, it's partly that it's not as big a deal anymore and it's partly that the stars don't WANT it to be a big deal.

Natali
Natali

I'd like to think it's because it isn't as big a deal anymore.

I'd like to think that, because I hate to think about what happens when people live in places or around people that make it a big deal.

Movielover
Movielover

Can it be that a man liking cock isn't that radical anymore?  At least to admit it?

Vicki
Vicki

Also, coming out this way avoids making their sexuality the whole story. Parsons came out on page three (online) of a big Times profile. He wasn't even quoted about it--the reporter simply said Parsons is gay and has a partner etc. So t doesn't become a big story and yet the star can get props for honesty.

Vanderplantz
Vanderplantz

Meanwhile, Latifah came out so quietly she didn't come out at all.

Amber
Amber

I just love that this blog's category is called...... "Gaaaaayyyyyy" :)

Musto
Musto

Thank you.

Ps: David Hyde-Pierce was ahead of this whole quiet coming out trend. Several years ago, he came out by approving a mention of his gayness in an article. And he was "glass closet" like the others.

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

You wrote that Bomer and Parsons had to come out before they did Normal Heart and they both did. Congrats. It's like they listened to you.

Ping
Ping

No, she didn't come out as she is not apparently a lesbian.

Ping
Ping

Well, he's going to be in the next Star Trek so it still means something to a teen.

Zhoosh
Zhoosh

It's radical for Musto. He's a top.

Jason
Jason

He actually acknowledged his partner years ago in an acceptance speech...

VonD
VonD

She came out and went right back in.

Rogie
Rogie

Just in case it's mistaken for something else, eh?

Movielover
Movielover

Oh, Zhoosh!  What do you think those tops are thinking about?

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