By now everyone knows that Anderson Cooper came out, which many people commented something to the effect of "Next up: Sky is blue". Even so, that he did meant a lot to me. I respect Cooper more than almost any other news reporter. He's brave, he's well reasoned, he digs into the story. Honestly, I don't watch much TV - almost none - but I still look for him on CNN.com. What his coming out does for me is provide a role model, an example of honesty, and a statement that "Gay is not the issue. Integrity, talent, hard work, courage, dedication are the issue." I love Rachel Maddow, and for similar reasons. I've long wanted Cooper to do this, and here we are.
Is CNN becoming the "Gay Network"? With Granderson, Lemon, and Cooper, it's starting to look that way. Or maybe - in an environment where it's OK to be gay, more people come out. Don't count on FOX to follow suit!
On an entirely different media planet, R&B Singer Frank Ocean came out. I love R&B, and I enjoy some House, even though it's not the image most people might have of me. I love the lyricism, the earthy sensuality, the rebelliousness, the rhythm, the playfulness, the poetry. Not all of it - macho gangsta rap leaves me cold, and I hate any music which glorifies violence or hate, and there is a culture of machismo and sexism that I can not listen to. Still, it's a big genre with room for infinite variation. Rap is famous for homophobia, and R&B is a mixed bag - Ocean gives us a performer with great talent, great voice, and youthful energy. I responded by buying a track on I-tunes, Novocaine, which is NSFW but will be perfect for me after a hard day of work. His new album, not yet released, is expected to have lyrics that, for the first time, have him singing to "him". Cool.