An Exchange Upon The Importance Of Anderson Cooper Saying He’s Gay

HER:So we have the right to demand that people lay their personal lives bare for the good of the cause? I don’t know what it says about me but I’m not comfortable with that. I disagree that his not addressing the issue marred his credibility. Had he been pretending to be a straight man out on the town every night with a different woman then maybe. But as everyone keeps saying, we all knew. Why did we need it to be a headline?I don’t know. I have mixed feelings as I expressed in the original post. Above all, I just fervently wish I live long enough to see a time when things like this don’t happen anymore.

ME: A time when the choices people make don’t matter? I don’t see that coming. It will just be about different choices.

HER: Not the choices – people’s sexual preference.

ME: That’s the choice that is the current issue – it’s the community that is fighting for equal rights. It isn’t quite like the civil rights struggle in the mid-twentieth century since that was based on the color of someone’s skin – although I recall several well-known people who had passed as white “coming-out”, and what a huge milestone that was. They made a choice to pass, and then made a choice to toss that aside and make a stand.

There is Anderson Cooper the private individual, and there is Anderson Cooper adult gay man. Until the struggle bears fruit that dichotomy is imposed by society. And it obviously takes a long time for it to dissolve, as we still talk about “what do black Americans think?” and “what do Hispanic Americans think?” as if they are these monolithic societal blocks that don’t allow for individualism.The difference at this point in history is there is importance attached to the question “what do X People think?” Someday that may just melt into “what do people think?” – but I doubt it. The bizarre caste system we have in this country generally elevates the lower castes to “interest group” because we have a history of such groups looking-out for their own rights.Anderson Cooper the out gay man is more positive than Anderson Cooper the gay man who avoids identifying himself in a society that is currently charged with the issue of gay equality. Especially as he is in a role where he investigates the roles others play in society. As a journalist this was less important; as a CNN anchor it was somewhat more important; but now as a daily talk show host who grills people about the issues in their lives it has an impact on his credibility to not be open about who he is.

He’s obviously trying to play-down his avoidance of the “are you gay?” question that he has been asked point-blank in the past. But the letter he wrote said he avoided the issue in the past because it would make doing his job more difficult: more difficult for him. He can say that is because he wanted to do the best job he could – but that in itself is an indicator of just how important public self-identification is! To get to a place where being a gay man wouldn’t make his job more difficult requires going through the difficulty to get it out of the way.

Whew! I had no idea I had such a specific opinion about this. This implies that, at least subconsciously, I have considered this at some depth. Great – now I have to wonder about my own identity!

Thanks a lot, [Her Name]

Things We Learned From The Nevada Debate

The GOP candidates take questions in Las Vegas. Guy From Utah boycotted the debate because he thought what happened in Vegas should stay in Vegas.

Seven of the approximately 40,000 Republican hopefuls for the GOP Presidential candidacy lined-up in Las Vegas to take questions from the audience and moderator Anderson Cooper. Several key points were revealed in the course of the evening.

1: Herman Cain and Rick Perry are brothers. While we see no family resemblance Perry made this point twice.

2: Michele Bachmann is a member of the Russian Navy. She proudly wore her uniform to the Nevada event.

3: Rick Perry and Mitt Romney really, really hate each other. A lot.

4: No one cares at all what Rick Santorum has to say.

5: Newt Gingrich thinks he’s on a book tour.

6: Ron Paul knows how to get applause. Say you think war stinks and so does having to pay taxes. Say it over and over and over, as is you really have nothing else to say. Except you hate the Federal Reserve Bank almost as much as Rick Perry and Mitt Romney hate each other.

7: Herman Cain does well under pressure even if he does have absolutely no clue what he’s talking about. Probably comes from working the counter at the pizza joint on Friday nights.