Some have long-term partners who are equally closeted at work--a particularly painful and awkward position as the gay-marriage debate ratchets up: "We're the D.
It might be tempting for groups on the other side of the political aisle to dismiss closeted gays and lesbians in Washington.
What may ultimately empower the current group of closeted gays and lesbians in Washington is the fact that debate over the Federal Marriage Amendment has exposed a rift among Republican lawmakers.
Here's an actor who lived his whole life openly [and is now] living with a guy who's closeted
," Tewksbury says.
The Sergeant (1968)--Back in the days when it was permissible to show gay characters only if they offed themselves at the end of the movie, we got closeted
Army guy Rod Steiger feverishly planting one on a repulsed John Phillip Law.
Dave Lohse, sports information director for the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, who worked in public relations at the 1988 Olympics, was encouraging: "Both Greg and I were closeted
gay men in 1988.
In essence, sexual McCarthyism is the kind of outing that closeted gays and lesbians have lived with for years, something straight politicians have had little firsthand experience with.
The willingness to discuss the private sexual lives of straight politicians may serve to remove lingering discomfort with talking about the sexual orientation of closeted gay politicians.
If a closeted gay politician had an antigay record, I hope people would say `Oh, that's good to know.
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.
Also telling, Signorile says, is that no major news outlets wrote editorials condemning those stories (although the Wenner stow did spark debate within the journalism community about journalistic ethics) or other articles discussing possibilities that a closeted public figure might be gay.