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  • EDITORIAL: Another milestone for homosexuality

  • Recently, Anderson Cooper came out as gay, and the general reaction was: “So?”

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  • Recently, Anderson Cooper came out as gay, and the general reaction was: “So?”
    Privately, Cooper did not keep his homosexuality a secret. But it was a secret to the public.
    Ultimately, the reveal of Cooper’s sexual orientation makes very little difference and is not particularly newsworthy. Does his sexual orientation have any bearing on Cooper’s ability in his chosen profession? No. Does it retroactively affect his coverage of Hurricane Katrina, any of a number of foreign wars, revolutions across the globe, etc.? No.
    Being gay doesn’t make one lick of difference in whether his daytime talk show is any good. It doesn’t mean he has any better perspective on overseas violence.
    All it means is he is gay. He’s not the first, and he won’t be the last.
    Singers like Elton John and Freddie Mercury have been gay. Actors like Rock Hudson and Ellen DeGeneres have been gay. Sports figures like Greg Louganis and Martina Navratilova have been gay. Even prominent Congressmen like Barney Frank have been gay.
    Ultimately, there are a lot of gay famous people. Their sexuality rarely makes any difference.
    Those who liked Ian McKellen’s acting aren’t suddenly going to stop seeing his movies because he is gay. And the opposite is true: People aren’t going to go see his TV shows and movies because they now know he is gay. He makes a great Magneto and a great Gandalf no matter his sexual orientation.
    Rather, homosexuality has reached a milestone of sorts.
    Whether a celebrity is gay or not matters less these days than whether they are talented or not.
    Years ago, when Ellen DeGeneres came out on her television show, it was a big deal. Now, major shows like Modern Family, Glee, Game of Thrones, Happy Endings, and others have main characters that are gay. That’s not even listing Neil Patrick Harris on How I Met Your Mother, a gay actor portraying a womanizing heterosexual. Homosexuality is not a new or unusual concept in our modern pop culture.
    What Anderson Cooper, and to a lesser extent, the many famous homosexuals that have paved the way ahead of him, have done is to make homosexuality as unimportant as one’s gender or one’s hair color.
    That’s not to say the acceptance of homosexuality has gotten to the point that it is trivial. There are still too many hate crimes, too much bullying, too much prejudice in the world to pretend that we’ve reached or even approached that milestone.
    It’s one thing to be gay in Washington or Hollywood, but it’s another to be gay in Anytown, U.S.A. On a street level, homosexuality is still viewed as a sin by many, which, if that’s what you believe, that’s perfectly fine. We’re a newspaper, not a religious institution — it’s not our place to say what is and isn’t moral or immoral about religious views.
    Page 2 of 2 - However, when a prominent celebrity can come out of the closet and the collective reaction is “So what? Let’s move on,” then that is a notable moment.
    Anderson Cooper being gay is not a milestone. The world not caring that Anderson Cooper is gay and judging him on his abilities as a journalist and a TV show host is a milestone, no matter what one’s views on homosexuality may be.
    For the Morning Sun

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