“Being open and unashamed about being gay is just one small thing I can do to change the culture and make life easier for people who haven’t had my luck. And that’s why I’m mystified by prominent gay people in business and media and Hollywood who choose to be in the closet. They have the ability to help lots of people who don’t have their advantages, and they’re selfishly passing on it under the guise of ‘privacy.’ Often, they do this while living quite gaily in places like New York and Los Angeles and reaping the benefits of social acceptance in their non-professional lives.
“Imagine, for example, that you were a prominent daytime news anchor on a national cable news channel aimed at a conservative audience, and you were gay. You would have the potential, by coming out of the closet, to change millions of viewers’ perspective on gay people for the better. You’d make it easier for your closeted gay viewers to love themselves, and easier for your viewers’ gay children to come out. Or you could live a fabulous gay life with your boyfriend in New York City while staying closeted to the national audience. Wouldn’t that be a pretty decadent choice?” – Josh Barro, in a Business Insider piece that continues his reactions to hateful emails from Duck Dynasty fans.