Yesterday, our reader TGC alerted me to this piece on Queerty which reminded me that I had neglected to write a planned post on Matt Bomer’s coming out:
As the cover story in last week’s Entertainment Weekly reinforced, it’s a different world out there for gay celebrities: We’ve seen Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto and Jim Parsons come out to little or no controversyHeck, even American Idol and The Voice alum Frenchie Davis just came out in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The basic point I had intended to make was, well, how little controversy such comings-out excite nowadays. When Ellen De Generes came out in 1997, it made the cover of Time magazine. And interestingly, she’s become more of a pop culture presence since publicly identifying as a lesbian. And by and large, Americans like this out-lesbian. Her sexuality hasn’t hurt her image.
It is, I believe, a good sign for gay people that today, we pretty much yawn when a celebrity comes out.