Monday, November 13, 2006

Coming Outs

I am a little late on this, but a congrats shout out to Neil Patrick Harris, co-star of How I Met Your Mother, and T.R. Knight, co-star of Grey's Anatomy, for publicly coming out as gay men!

While it is important for them to publicly acknowledge who they are as individuals, it is equally important for them to do so when they are at career pinnacles. While other actors have had to wait well into their careers and even past them (George Takei, Dick Sargent, Richard Chamberlain), it's so important for young actors (as well as other professionals and athletes) to announce their orientations. It also helps that Harris and Knight are likeable and positive men who are not tabloid fodder, unlike many of their straight counterparts.

And while I am at it - a big hiss to Knight's castmate, Isaiah Washington, for proving to the world that he is a hater and a homophobe; and a rousing Straight Ally Applause for Patrick Dempsey, for standing up for Knight.


  1. Neither Harris nor Knight chose to come out -- they were both outed. Knight by Isaiah Washington and Harris by They both chose, however, not to deny their sexuality and declared their orientations. It's sad this happened to them both. No one should be forced to come out. And no one should be forced to talk about their sexuality. As great of a positive role model Harris could be, it still sends a bad message for people in the media to out someone: it says that any of us could have our personal lives made public without our choice. That should never be okay.

  2. Agreed! PS: Great blog!

  3. Hmm - I read my blog entry and I don't see anyplace where I said that these two men voluntarily came out. I simply congratulated them on doing so. These two men have been active in theatre for years, so I seriously doubt that their orientations were a huge secret.

    And, Anonymous, you are wrong on something else. In this politically charged day, it is extremely important for gay men and women to be vocal about who they are, when so many of our civil rights are being denied. The more vocal and visual gay people are, the less governments will be able to silence us; the less cultures will be able to shun us; the less teens will commit suicide for thinking they are different from everyone else.

    And while I agree that outing someone is wrong, we all stand on the threshold of public and social responsibility.