Let's not forget that the main reason many celebrities have remained closeted
is pressure to do so for fear of career reprisals.
In Sue McConnell-Celi's 1993 book, Twenty-first Century Challenge: Lesbians and Gays in Education, Virginia Ramey Mollenkott remembers her days as a closeted
teacher: "Being in the closet took a great toll emotionally, especially when I recognized that certain of my students were lesbian or gay, yet was not able to be frank with them about my orientation."
The media, the political system, and the entertainment industry make up what he calls "The Trinity of the Closet." In all three power structures, closeted
gay men and lesbians serve as enforcers, and beneficiaries, of the closet.
How any gay or lesbian, whether closeted
or not, supports the policies of these people is outrageous.
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).
They call themselves closeted
. I call them hypocrites.
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.
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." Fair?
But he comes off as this closeted
, standoffish guy, and until I came out I felt the same way."
Bean will be talking about his new book, Going the Other Way, a memoir of his years as a closeted
major league baseball player and of his experience coming out.