It shouldn’t evoke any big reaction anymore, but it’s a wonderful thing anytime someone feels comfortable enough to come out of the closet.
Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted.
I should apologize for having used Swift as the venue to publish this note, an item that is hardly the focus of what we promote and publish here, but I chose the single most public asset I have to make this statement. It’s from here that I have attacked irrationality, stupidity, and irresponsibility, and it is my broadest platform. Here is where I have chosen to stand and fight.
And I think that I have already won this battle by simply publishing this statement.
He’s absolutely right. It doesn’t matter his age or his status. It’s always a powerful, courageous, and difficult statement to make. I’m only sorry Randi felt he had to wait this long to say it.
Every time someone comes out, it’s an inspiration for another LGBT person to do the same. Here’s hoping Randi’s statement gives someone else that confidence.
Incidentally, this means that both Randi and the new president of JREF (DJ Grothe) are out gay men.
Rebecca Watson explains the potential significance of this:
… I sincerely hope that this helps highlight the fact that the skeptical community is a diverse one. I also hope this helps a higher profile… organization tackles more gay/skeptic issues, which happily DJ goes into at the end of the interview. Randi agrees that the JREF will take on gay rights issues as they call for it. Awesome.