BY NAUGHTY BUT NICE ROB
Huffington Post Gay Voices
June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month and crowds in New York, San Francisco and other cities have celebrated with abundant exuberance and flair. But even as more and more celebrities have come out of the closet, many boldface names have chosen to remain silent about their sexuality, fearing the impact it may have on their careers.
“It’s fear,” said openly gay comedian Judy Gold. “Fear that they will lose everything they have worked for. It’s self-loathing and internal homophobia. When you decide to be a public figure, there are certain responsibilities and burdens that come with the territory. Being gay is not a choice. Being closeted is. When there are beloved stars that spend their energy staying in the closet—for me that is sad and disappointing. Being in the closet equals shame.”
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