I awoke this morning, to a thousand headlines poking my retinas with Ian Thorpe’s brave announcement. Yay! He is ‘Coming out’ let us as a nation, celebrate his bravery!
Coming out of where exactly? The closet?
The Oxford dictionary first defines a closet as;
A small room, especially one used for storing things or for private study.
Secondly as ‘A toilet’
And thirdly as;
When are we going to understand that we will never have true equality until the gender of the person you love is irrelevant, and not the kind of subject that requires a media circus? While I am in full support of Ian's 'brave announcement', I am shuddering at the thought that his sexual orientation is being exploited to sell media and for click bait, that his honesty on the subject required 'bravery', and the genitals of the person he loves warranted an announcement.
The fact that this is even news is an indication of the huge inequalities faced by the LGBT people of this nation.
It is news because revealing yourself as gay still requires revealing.
It is news because daring to love someone with the same genitals as you is still considered ‘different’ to the rest of us normal people who love whoever the fuck we want.
Its news because we don’t give the gay community the same marriage rights we of ‘normal’ sexual orientation enjoy.
It is news because we are still using headlines with the words ‘Coming Out’ in them.
Its news because it is STILL NEWS!
So you keep celebrating with your embarrassing headlines and throwing your self indulgent glitter balls of support, because it makes you feel better about the fact that we still have a shameful ways to go in regard to sexual equality in this country.
Yay for you.
I’ll save my celebrating for the day that we are truly equal; when news on someone’s gay sexual orientation is as irrelevant as someone’s straight orientation.
Meanwhile, how have you been? I have missed you.