Celebrities: Coming Out So You Don’t Have To!
What Sam Champion’s gay wedding and has to do with LGBT rights and ‘curing’ homosexuality
This morning I awoke to the earth-shaking news that Sam Champion of Good Morning America fame was getting married to his longtime boyfriend, and yes, they look great together.
This is how it should be, I know. The whole point of the “come out come out wherever you are” thing was to make being gay kind of ordinary so that at some point we don’t ever have to “come out,” but rather just be. Which was what I tried to explain in the comments section of a Facebook post about the wedding this morning.
I should never take anything on Facebook personally; I’ve learned that the hard way lately, but I’m really tired of having to explain why coming out matters. And I do get that people struggle with apparent inconsistency in the idea that we need to make a big deal about being gay so that one day we won’t have to make a big deal about it. In these times when arguments have to fit into 140 characters before your opponent drifts off to play Fruit Ninja, I think I need to find another approach than nuanced multi-layered reasoning.
Which brings me to California’s new ban on “Reparative Therapy” for LGBT kids.
So, when the NARTHs of the world are out there convincing parents that their kids need to be cured through total quackery, it’s good to know that those same parents might also tune into Good Morning America and see a happy, likeable gay man living his life fully and appropriately, just like his straight counterparts. Perhaps they will think twice about trying to fix their kids when there is nothing wrong with them to begin with. This is why Sam Champion’s wedding announcement matters.
Still too convoluted? How about this tweet-sized argument instead: When straight celebs announce their weddings, no one says “stop shoving it in our faces.” I mean, we saw Katie Couric’s bowel exam on TV. #CongratulationsSamChampion