To Out or Not To Out?

We hate to break it to you, but publishing’s all about favoritism. Yeah, it’s an ugly truth, but the truth none-the-less. While that may be true, our posting of this story by New York Blade reporter Kerry Eleveld has nothing to do with the fact that we think she’s the bees knees. In this editorial – a rare break from Eleveld’s typical objective stance – Eleveld brings up a topic that’s been on everyone’s minds as of late: the politics of outing. While Eleveld understands the difficulty of coming-out, she also believes that reporters have an obligation to out politicians when it serves the public interest. She writes:

Apparently, the subject of sexuality is still a bit too dicey for the mainstream press unless it’s attached to a scandal–then it becomes a topic they can’t ignore.

The overwhelming message here: Don’t talk about it… gay is still a dirty word and made even dirtier when we don’t talk about it. Gay politicians shouldn’t be a protected class of politician; they should be no different from other politicians, whose personal lives are always on display. When you run for office, especially at the national level, you should assume that your personal will become political. These are the times we live in, and voters should have the same information they have about other politicians.

Being gay will always be “dirty” if straights and gays alike don’t have license to talk about it on its own merits. And all journalists have an obligation to break the silence when they deem that it’s in the public’s interest. We are, after all, arbiters of fairness. We should be no more fair to gay politicians than we are to the public they serve.

We whole-heartedly agree. Do you? Why not hop over to The Blade website and read the entire article youself? Then you can make an informed decision. No pesky password required.

Oh, and in the same issue, we got a shout-out from Blade editor, Trent Straube. Thanks, Trent, you’re the breast!