What a difference a decade can make! This week’s Entertainment Weekly waxes and wows about how the current crop of LGBT celebrities haven’t had to deal with the coming out People Magazine cover story gauntlet society put Ellen Degeneres and Lance Bass through not so long ago.
Being both gay and famous has been remarkably smooth sailing for Jane Lynch, Andy Cohen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Zachary Quinto, Neil Patrick Harris, Jim Bomer, Wanda Sykes and Matt Bomer.
Even if it’s accomplished in a subordinate clause or a passing reference, coming out casually is, in its way, as activist as DeGeneres’ Time cover, although few of these actors would probably choose to label themselves as such. The current vibe for discussing one’s sexuality is almost defiantly mellow: This is part of who I am, I don’t consider it a big deal or a crisis, and if you do, that’s not my problem. It may sound like a shrug, but it shouldn’t be mistaken for indifference. By daring anyone to overreact, the newest generation of gay public figures is making a clear statement that there is a “new normal” — and it consists of being plainspoken, clear, and truthful about who you are.
Casual honesty is the new dramatic confession, y’all. Consider yourself informed!