Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Thru the Years

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Thru the Years

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COMING-OUT INTERVIEWS TODAY ARE BIG BUSINESS FOR THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA--GREG LOUGANIS WITH BARBARA WALTERS, ELLEN DEGENERES ON THE COVER OF TIME--BUT THROUGH THE YEARS, ONE OF THE FEW PLACES WHERE GAY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TELL, THEIR WHOLE STORIES AND FEEL COMFORTABLE IS THE ADVOCATE

K.D. LANG

JUNE 16, 1992) "I DON'T WANT IT TO BE A BIG DEAL...WHEN I'M ASKED THE QUESTION I SAY YES, BUT I DON'T WANT TO SIT HERE AND TALK ABOUT IT, ALTHOUGHWEARE .... I TRY TO DEAL WITH MY SEXUALITY IN A HUMOROUS WAY BECAUSE THAT'S HOW I FEEL COMFORTABLE,"

* BILLIE JEAN KING (AUGUST 18, 1998): "EACH PERSON'S CIRCUMSTANCES ARE UNIQUE, SO I THINK IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO JUDGE WHETHER ANOTHER PERSON SHOULD COME OUT, * DAVID PICHLER (AUGUST 19,1997): "I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE KIDS, I WOULDN'T MIND ADOPTING .... STEVEN AND I DISCUSS IT," * REBEKKA ARMSTRONG (SEPTEMBER 6, 1994): "I KNOW THAT I LOVE WOMEN AND THAT" I'M ATTRACTED TO SO MANY DIFFERENT KINDS OF WOMEN," * SCOTT THOMPSON (DECEMBER 19, 1989): "I CAN'T LIE, I'M GONNA BE A FAG COMEDIAN," * BARNEY FRANK, STEVE GUNDERSON, GERRY S1 UDDS (OCTOBER 17, 1995): FRANK: "A DEMOCRAT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE SEMIOPEN, HE CAN BE COMPLETELY OPEN," GUNDERSON: "IT BECAME CLEAR TO ME AT THE 1992 REPUBLICAN CONVENTION THAT" PEOPLE LIKE ME HAD TO STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT," STUDDS: "IN MY CASE SOME PEOPLE APPARENTLY FIGURED OUT I WAS GAY BEFORE I DID," * BOB PARIS WITH ROD JACKSON (MARCH 13, 1990): "BEFORE [COMING OUT], IT WAS THIS DIRTY LITTLE SECRET THAT PEOPLE THOUGHT THEY COULD THROW AT ME, BUT NOW, ALL THEIR POWER IS TAKEN AWAY,"

ROB HALFORD

(MAY 12, 1998): "IT'S HORRIBLE, THE SHOW ENDS, EVERYBODY GOES TO THE TITTY BAR OR THE NUDIE BAR, AND THEY ALL PICK UP A BUNCH OF CHICKS AND GO UP TO THEIR ROOMS, THAT'S NOT ME, I'M A GAY MAN, SO IT WAS A VERY ISOLATED, LONELY KIND OF EXPERIENCE,"

* JIMMY SOMERVILLE (JUNE 5, 1990): "I THINK [BEING CLOSETED] IS REALLY BAD .... I FEEL QUITE STRONGLY ABOUT THIS, I'M ADAMANT AND QUITE MILITANT," * DAVID GEFFEN (DECEMBER 29, 1992: "I'M HAPPY TO BE GAY, AND SAYING SO IS EMPOWERING, WHATEVER PROBLEMS I HAD ABOUT IT IN THE PAST WERE REALLY MORE GENERATIONAL THAN ANYTHING ELSE," * JANIS IAN (JUNE 13, 1995): "I WAS OUTED IN THE VILLAGE VOICE IN 1976, I WENT TO BED FOR A WHOLE DAY AND HID UNDER THE COVERS, IT TOOK ME A LONG TIME TO FIGURE OUT WHAT TO DO," * BILL T. JONES (FEBRUARY 27, 1990): "GAYS HAVE ALWAYS HAD A ROLE IN EVERY SOCIETY, BUT THEY'VE HAD TO WATCH THEIR P'S AND Q'S .THAT'S THE INCREDIBLE INSULT OF TOLERANCE, * AMANDA BEARSE (SEPTEMBER 21, 1993): "MY MOTHER SENT ME TO A PSYCHIATRIST WHEN I WAS 15 BECAUSE SHE THOUGHT I WAS A LATENT HOMOSEXUAL, THERE REALLY WASN'T ANYTHING LATENT ABOUT IT. …

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