To very few people’s surprise, Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin announced that he is gay. What I found interesting regarding this news is the extremely varied reactions people have upon his coming out.
Most people. “Duh!” “In other news, CNN declares that the sky is blue." "His closet must’ve had glass doors.” “The only news is the fact that this is news.”
Naive people. “OMG! I can’t believe Ricky Martin is gay!”
Cynics. “He just wants the attention to boost his faltering career.” “This is a publicity stunt. Nothing more.”
Positive LGBT rights activists. “His coming out is a big deal since it will serve as an inspiration for countless LGBT people and a means to help end discrimination and hate in the U.S. and especially Latin America, where homophobia still reigns supreme.”
Grammar Nazis. “Ricky, it’s ‘were’ not ‘where’!”
Clueless. “Why is this a big deal? All of these coming out stories are so overrated. It doesn’t matter what people do behind their bedroom door.”
Loyal fans. “We’re so proud of you, Ricky!”
Negative LGBT rights activists. “He should have come out at the peak of his career when he could have made a bigger impact to the gay community, not now when he has nothing else to lose.”
Extremist Bible thumpers. “God hates fags and God hates Ricky Martin. He will burn in hell.”
Local showbizmongers. “Piolo, you’re next!”
So, what do you think? While I wasn’t surprised (c’mon, those pictures of him at the beach in Speedos with an equally hunky guy and his having twins via a surrogate pregnancy are damning evidence), I think that this will have a huge positive impact on the acceptance of LGBT people worldwide. It’s just too bad that coming out has to be an issue at all. I can’t wait for the day when one’s sexuality is no longer something newsworthy.