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What harm has being in the closet inflicted upon society.

Like, if Koch had been out, would the response to the HIV crisis in NYC have been different?

Other instances?

by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 11:01 AM

I think it just spreads the awareness that we (gays) are not some rare, oddity. We are walking around, working, paying taxes, etc. When I saw good people who were out and gay, it gave me a sense of 'normalcy' that maybe I hadn't felt as a young teen.

by Anonymousreply 1Last Tuesday at 10:45 AM

Koch's self-hatred emerged well before he was Mayor. When he was a member of the City Council in the 60s, he advocated in favor of police entrapment of homosexuals. When Mayor John Lindsay put a stop to that (this is before the Stonewall riots), Koch was apoplectic.

Had Koch been out, he would never have been elected Mayor. As it is, he insisted he was heterosexual as he got older, so he died deep in the closet.

by Anonymousreply 2Last Tuesday at 10:56 AM

It really harmed Richard Simmons. He was always so butch and desperate to be seen with all the hot ladies.

by Anonymousreply 3Last Tuesday at 11:01 AM
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