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This was drawn to my attention by my girlfriend who is for some reason friends with stage actor and outspoken gay advocate Harvey Fierstein who took to Facebook to condemn astronaut Sally Ride for not coming out of the closet as a lesbian during her lifetime.
Pretty shameless, if you ask me. I don’t know for what reason Sally Ride would have stayed in the closet – or if she rather just didn’t go around advertising her sexual orientation. But it seems to me that while Fierstein believes that his is the most idealistic stance – that gays are truly free when they can all come out of the closet without fear – perhaps the more idealistic position is one where gays and lesbians actually don’t feel that their sexual orientation is not important enough to warrant their making a statement. Fierstein seemingly hopes that one day being homosexual is as acceptable as being heterosexual. If that’s the case then the homosexual wouldn’t think in terms of “coming out”. They just are what they are.