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The closeted English teacher may be keeping the writers she or he is teaching --often with such passion and admiration--locked in the closet.
What began with the outing wars back in the early 1990s--when I and other gay journalists began reporting on closeted public figures in a small, feisty New York weekly called OutWeek, causing an up-roar while challenging the rest of the media to normalize the discussion of homosexuality--is finally coming to fruition in the age of 100 million blogs.
Rogers's latest victim is Ed Schrock, a two-term Republican con gressman from Virginia who was running for reelection this fall--until Rogers identified him as a closeted gay man (with a wife and an adult son).
Washington continues to be a place where closeted gay men may prepare antigay briefings for their bosses in the House or Senate during the day but hit Dupont Circle's gay bars at night--never mixing the political and personal.
Deep down," Signorile tells the closeted, "you know you have no 'right' to be where you are, that you were shoved in your closet a long time ago.
How any gay or lesbian, whether closeted or not, supports the policies of these people is outrageous.
A similar disparity characterized the time between diagnosis and death from AIDS for closeted versus openly gay men, Cole and his colleagues contend in the May-June Psychosomatic Medicine.
The writers, though, whether active in the closeted '50s ("Rope's" Arthur Laurents), the semi-liberated '70s ("The Boys in the Band's" Mart Crowley) or the supposedly sensitive '90s ("Philadelphia's" Ron Nyswaner), have the best anecdotes and sharpest insights.
Even Dershowitz admits there are times when outing closeted gays is justifiable.
A March 1990 article in Time magazine, which actually first coined the term outing, condemned the practice, saying no one had the right to sacrifice the lives of closeted gays to an intolerant society.
In defending his right to remain closeted throughout his lucrative career, he says that if one's livelihood is "specifically contingent upon your ability to work among people who might persecute you, then it's a fair decision to keep your life private.
Even for those wonderful pro-gay executives who sincerely want to do their part, the first order of business is profit, just as the first order of business for a closeted gay actor may be financial security.