I don't think he ever made any effort to hide it, deny it, or pretend otherwise. He just never felt the necessity of publicly "coming out".
I agree with this attitude. Why should a gay public person (or non-public person for that matter) feel there's a requirement to announce their sexual orientation? It's personal. If it makes them feel better to do so then good, but it certainly shouldn't be expected or required of them. It's no one's business unless the person involved feels it is.
It infuriates me every time someone decides to "out" a public person if that person doesn't chose to do it themself.
There's just too much judging of people in this regard, in my opinion.
Congratulation to Jim & his new husband.
I thought that Jim Nabors was very open/out, however you want to label it. I didn't think of this as his coming out or admitting he was gay because I thought it was common knowledge. hmmmmmm.
I felt exactly the same way about Anderson Cooper! :nod:lol
I feel the same way about ALL people...why the need to disclose every little thing?
I like privacy and wish there was more of it. Most of us do not need to know what other people do in their private lives.
Just have never understood why society expects gays to reveal all....it's nobody's business.
Everyone should be allowed to live there lives the way they want to...in time, things will become evident.
I'm pretty sure we had this discussion upthread.
The reason public figures need to come out is that the more people in the public eye who come out, the more commonplace it becomes. More teenagers struggling with their sexuality see they're not alone and more homophobes see people they "know" who are gay. It destroys that near-conspiracy of silence that implied that there was something wrong with being gay. I lost a friend to suicide over 20 years ago. I will always wonder if she might still be alive if there had been more out role models to show her she wasn't alone.
I'm not cool with people being outed against their will, but I also have TONS more respect for people who come out and live their lives openly.
I have been amazed by how many people declare that they are gay! If there are a ton of people now, it makes me realize that they've always been around and invisible. Isn't it something like women - 51%; men - 49%.....and those are figures about the general population.....now, when you consider that the gay factors into both numbers, I'd be curious to know what percentage of each population sector declares "gay". I just think it would be an interesting census/sociological number.
Congrats to Mr. Nabors and spouse.