Perhaps more famously than anybody, it was Harvey Milk who exhorted LGBT people to come out. It was, he declared, the only way “to break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions” that drive anti-gay prejudice.
I probably wasn’t the only one who thought of Harvey upon hearing that Anderson Cooper had come out last month. As big a star as Cooper is, though, I wasn’t going to write anything about it. His announcement – not exactly shocking to many – was getting plenty of attention, and there didn’t seem to be much to add. And after the predictable torrent of news stories, the waters seemed to quiet quickly. Continue reading