“There’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. For an actor to be working [at all] is a kind of miracle, because most actors aren’t. So it’s just silly for a working actor to say, ‘Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay’ — especially if you’re a leading man. Personally, I wouldn’t advise a gay leading man-type actor to come out. Despite all the wonderful advances that have been made, it’s still dangerous for an actor to talk about that in our extremely misguided culture. Look at what happened in California with Proposition 8. Please, don’t pretend that we’re suddenly all wonderfully, blissfully accepted.”
– Richard Chamberlain, former heartthrob and, as of age 69, an openly gay actor, advising the gay youth in Hollywood to keep it to themselves.
I’m sort of intrinsically opposed to this sort of “keep your head down” advice. There’s been a forward-moving energy about equality for a while now, and it’s not there yet, that’s obvious, but advising people to stay in the closet because they’re sure to be shunned? That seems a little counterintuitive to me.
What do you guys think? We have strong feelings about this, right? Let’s talk about them.