Comedian Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville today to continue his tour of contrition after a man who went to one of Morgan's comedy sets posted a story on Facebook about Morgan making several homophobic jokes, including that if he had a gay son he would murder him.
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If you were surprised by CNN anchor Don Lemon's recent disclosure that he's a homosexual that probably means you're not a hardcore news junkie who lives and dies by the extracurricular activities of TV news anchors.
On top of that, Lemon was never truly "in the closet." There were no pretend girlfriends or allusions to female lovers. There was no charade. Lemon was always himself and like many news anchors and journalists, he wanted to keep himself out of the story. Or as some have called it, "the glass closet" where homosexual men and women who are out to everyone in their personal life -- friends, relatives, co-workers -- but don't discuss their sexual orientation publicly.
There are a lot of public figures and celebrities who are considered to be in "the glass closet," most notably Lemon's fellow CNN co-worker, popular evening anchor Anderson Cooper, who is routinely photographed around New York with his alleged boyfriend. But Cooper has never publicly admitted to being gay. Again citing that who he chooses to spend his time with is not the lead story. News anchors aren't supposed to make themselves the news.
Except there are countless gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people, risking life and limb, battling for acceptance, fighting for equal rights. Individuals who choose to live their lives "out" and that often means facing ridicule, discrimination or even worse, bodily harm. And when people are fighting for acceptance, can someone who is a public figure responsibly sit on the sidelines and not join the fight?
All that's left to do now is for President Obama to sign off on the bill repealing the law after it passed both houses of Congress over the weekend. It was a huge win for equal rights in this country, as soon the men and women of the military won't have to worry about being kicked out of the Armed Forces for simply being who they are. Sen. John McCain did his best "You shall not pass" Gandalf impression, but Gandalf was a good wizard who helped destroy evil. McCain is just a bitter old man who went back on his promise to support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" after military leaders came out in support of the repeal. But I just think he's still angry because of 2008. If you ask Dana Milbank, all of McCain's "maverick" stuff was really about revenge against those who had the gall to beat him. Which, you know? Just makes him sound incredibly petty and politically expedient. But for those who choose to fight and die for our protection can continue to fight on without facing the same fate as the more than 13,000 troops who were discharged under the policy. (Washington Post)