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  •  Well, it does matter (10+ / 0-)

    for gay youth, who don't have a whole lot of role models as far as that kind of thing goes.  The thing about growing up gay is, it's usually pretty lonely and solitary journey.  It's not passed down from your parents like other characteristics, and you pretty much have to seek out your own role models, sometimes in secret.  So, maybe it doesn't or shouldn't matter to a gay athlete's friends or family or teammates or fans, but it matters a heck of a lot to a closeted gay kid who doesn't see enough people like him or her living out, openly, and proudly.  

    And it's doubly true because straight celebrities already live out, openly, and proudly - showing up at events with their dates or spouses and being nonchalant about it.  So the "who cares?" thing, however true it may be, ends up curdling into a one-way restriction for members of the LGBT community.  If I give Cooper one thing, it's that he seems to have recognized this in his email:

    It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something - something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
    (I know this is all a lot farther than you intended to take your comment, but I'm using this as a jumping-off point to respond to the diary, too.)

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Tue Jul 03, 2012 at 05:25:25 PM PDT

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