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Old 08-13-2010, 06:33 PM
 
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Talk show host and comedienne Stephanie Miller comes out of the closet - Houston TV | Examiner.com

I knew she tended to crack jokes about it, but there ya go.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:37 PM
 
Location: NC
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Not a shocker but here is a shocker Iam a lesbian to
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Over There
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Who? Not a clue who she is but ok good for her.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:55 PM
 
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Why do gay/lesbians feel they need to make an "announcement"? I mean I don't see the press writing that anyone decided to announce they are heterosexual. Why the attention craving behavior? Is there a certain level of narcissism required for social acceptance in the gay community or associated with being homosexual? Serious question.
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:57 PM
 
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Why do gay/lesbians feel they need to make an "announcement"? I mean I don't see the press writing that anyone decided to announce they are heterosexual. Why the attention craving behavior? Is there a certain level of narcissism required for social acceptance in the gay community or associated with being homosexual? Serious question.

Gotta agree, why all the hoopla? Ok so you are gay no need to announce it just do your thang...
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Old 08-13-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Massatucky
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I am NOT a lesbian. There.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:02 PM
 
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Does it really have to be "news" anytime some "star" comes out of the closet? Good for you. Why is it so important for you to tell the damn world who or what you have sex with? Why the hell should we care?



And does anyone with a life really even know who this person is anyways?
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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Why do gay/lesbians feel they need to make an "announcement"? I mean I don't see the press writing that anyone decided to announce they are heterosexual. Why the attention craving behavior? Is there a certain level of narcissism required for social acceptance in the gay community or associated with being homosexual? Serious question.
Because everyone assumes you're straight until proven otherwise. If everyone assumed you were gay until proven otherwise, then straight people would be coming out of the closet. It works much the same way as living in the Bible Belt. I never had to tell people I'm atheist when I lived in D.C. but now that I live in the Bible Belt, everyone assumes I'm Christian until proven otherwise. So I have two choices: 1) let people assume I'm Christian or 2) tell them straight up that I'm atheist. Another example is that I'm deaf and most people are hearing. Again, I have to either 1) tell people I'm deaf or 2) let them assume I'm being rude and ignoring them. It's not really about straight or gay, it's just about mainstream societal assumptions. Anyone who belongs to part of a group that is not within the mainstream assumption has to either lie by omission or "come out."

In my case, I've decided to "lie by omission" about both my beliefs and my sexuality, for my personal safety, but if I wanted people to know I'm an atheist lesbian, I would have to come out sooner or later to every person I meet. On the other hand, I don't like people to think I'm ignoring them on purpose, so I choose to announce to each new person I meet that I'm deaf -- in a lot of ways it could be seen as "coming out." (It might seem like a strange analogy, but it makes more sense when you think about all the deaf people who try to pass as hearing by reading lips and avoiding sign language. They choose not to announce their deafness and therefore lie by omission.)

Hope that makes sense.

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Old 08-13-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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Why do gay/lesbians feel they need to make an "announcement"? I mean I don't see the press writing that anyone decided to announce they are heterosexual. Why the attention craving behavior? Is there a certain level of narcissism required for social acceptance in the gay community or associated with being homosexual? Serious question.
I guess its the same reason, some of them act a certain way. They like the attention. They claim to want to be treated "equally" and looked at "equally" yet they feel the need to make some announcement like it's suppose to of importance to us what they do in their bedroom. Its all about attention. Enough of this already.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:12 PM
 
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Because everyone assumes you're straight until proven otherwise. If everyone assumed you were gay until proven otherwise, then straight people would be coming out of the closet. It works much the same way as living in the Bible Belt. I never had to tell people I'm atheist when I lived in D.C. but now that I live in the Bible Belt, everyone assumes I'm Christian until proven otherwise. So I have two choices: 1) let people assume I'm Christian or 2) tell them straight up that I'm atheist. It's not really about straight or gay, it's just about mainstream societal assumptions. Anyone who belongs to part of a group that is not within the mainstream assumption has to either lie by omission or "come out."

In my case, I've decided to "lie by omission" about both my beliefs and my sexuality, for my personal safety, but if I wanted people to know I'm an atheist lesbian, I would have to come out sooner or later to every person I meet.

So its akin to a fraternity or sorority hazing where you have to prove yourself worthy to be a member of the gay/lesbian community? Is that about it? Is there alot of pressure placed upon those who have not "announced" to do so by other gays/lesbians? Do they tell you that you must or ridicule you as a coward?

Why is it so important what people think? Is it anybody's business what goes on in the bedroom? If not, how is it a lie by ommission to NOT air your private business in public? That part I do not get at all.
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