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Ellen Tops Out‘s Power List

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The time is upon us once again for the second time: Out magazine’s annual Power Issue. While we didn’t make the cut of the 50 most powerful homos, funny lesbian Ellen DeGeneres did – and, in fact, takes the cake, beating out the likes of Joe Solmonese, editor Adam Moss and fallen queen of the lesbians, Rosie O’Donnell.

Also in this issue, Michael Musto offers a follow-up to last year’s The Glass Closet, which called out people like Jodie Foster and Anderson Cooper for not coming out. This year’s essay, Shattered Glass, examines the parameters of coming out. Sure, Jodie Foster intimated at her lesbianic ways, but does it matter if she’s not willing to talk to the fag rags.

It’s the eternal question: If a gay comes out, but doesn’t follow up, does anything change?

By:           Andrew Belonksy
On:           Apr 7, 2008
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  • 9 Comments
    • todd
      todd

      I really don’t blame them for NOT coming out. Maybe they don’t want to be known as the “Gay Actor” or the “Gay Journalist”. Look at how we treat the gays who do come out. They are either vilified and made a joke – like Lance Bass – or they become one dimensional, ALL GAY ALL THE TIME spokespeople. Ethridge had to get Cancer in order to become something more than the Lesbian rocker. If Foster and Cooper don’t want to spend their every waking moment talking about being gay and what it means – I really don’t blame them. And don’t give me that crap about suicidal, bullied teens in Peoria. It’s not like they are LYING or being dishonest. They are NOT dating members of the opposite sex or pretending to be anything other than themselves. They have not been married 12 times. Some people value having a PRIVATE LIFE, which is in its own way – refreshing. Even if they did come out – I don’t see them discussing who they’re sleeping with or talking about what it means to be gay.

      Apr 7, 2008 at 10:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mama
      mama

      billy baldwin is gay?

      Apr 7, 2008 at 10:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MP
      MP

      Is anyone on that cover actually gay?

      Seems strange that they didn’t include someone on the list on the cover. No?

      Apr 7, 2008 at 1:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hambone
      hambone

      Greg Berlanti is actually gay … and on the cover… and on the list

      Apr 7, 2008 at 1:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CitizenGeek
      CitizenGeek

      No surprise to see to see Ellen on top in that list. I’m disapointed to despicable, vile, disgusting Perez Hilton on that list. I’m surprised they put Anderson Cooper there; he hasn’t come out yet (I’m pretty sure he -is- gay, but still, that’s just a guess).

      Apr 7, 2008 at 2:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Brain
      Mr. Brain

      “If a gay comes out, but doesn’t follow up, does anything change?”

      What, so it’s not enough to come out, but you HAVE to talk to all those dopey gay magazines? Can no one ever get peace from you celebrity-obsessed whores? If I were an openly gay celebrity, I would eschew interviews with the gay press just to spite them.

      Apr 7, 2008 at 3:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alacer
      Alacer

      i don’t come out to people but I’m not in the closet! why is it so important to have a party or make a big declaration about it!? It’s my sexuality, if someone asks a question that pertains to it, they will get the truth, but for god’s sake, as soon as we look down on people for NOT COMING OUT, we build on the stereotypes that haunt us! Just because we
      don’t “come out” doesn’t mean we’re in the closet.

      So let Jodi Foster be herself not the latest lesbian actress.

      Apr 7, 2008 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      People like Anderson Cooper and J Foster would have careers that would be seriously impacted if they were to make a public point of their sexuality. Like it or not, we are highly vulnerable to firing and social disaffection if people know about our sexual preferances right off.

      In ordinary work, prejudice is more and more acceptable with growing onset of Christain homophobia. It is even a matter of church doctrine. Especially in the entertainment industry,however, where image is everything, their jobs would be short lived.

      I’m happy to see gay people with good jobs as long as they’re not being hypocritical.

      Apr 10, 2008 at 5:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • M Shane
      M Shane

      People like Anderson Cooper and J Foster would have careers that would be seriously impacted if they were to make a public point of their sexuality. Like it or not, we are highly vulnerable to firing and social disaffection if people know about our sexual preferances right off.

      In ordinary work, prejudice is more and more acceptable with growing onset of Christain homophobia. It is even a matter of church doctrine. Especially in the entertainment industry,however, where image is everything, their jobs would be short lived.

      I’m happy to see gay people with good jobs as long as they’re not being hypocritical.
      If they sued “Out” for libel, then we could be concerned.

      Apr 10, 2008 at 6:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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