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Will Michelangelo Signorile Tone Things Down For New Boss Arianna Huffington?

Yesterday, outspoken gay journalist Michelangelo Signorile was named editor-at-large of the Huffington Post’s “Gay Voices” section.

Signorile, of course, gained notoriety in the late ’80s for outing closeted celebrities in the activist magazine OutWeek. In addition to spilling the beans on David Geffen and Liz Smith, he revealed that the late tycoon Malcolm Forbes was decidedly not in the vagina business. Which begs the question: Will Signorile be using his new Internet soapbox to out modern-day closet cases?

That’s probably not a priority, given his milquetoast mission statement:

“One of the great assets of Gay Voices is in fact that it’s a gay space on a much larger, diverse platform… It allows a safe place for LGBT people to find each other and engage, but also allows so many more people to plug in and be informed, inspired, enlightened and entertained.

It also allows for vigorous debate with those who disagree. And the only way we’re going to move forward is if we passionately dialogue, exchange ideas and challenge one another to think deeper. I’ll be helping to lead those debates, bringing in many varied points of view, and also helping shape the vision here at Gay Voices. I’ll be liveblogging events and weighing in with my own thoughts on LGBT politics and culture. And I’ll be listening to all of you. I’m looking forward to all of the big discussions we’re going to have on one of the most compelling issues of our time.”

Is Signorile getting tamer in middle age, or did HuffPo president Arianna Huffington put the shackles on him? We wouldn’t be surprised—the woman was married to closeted Republican Michael Huffington for more than 10 years.

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