Magazine article Out

Letter from the Editor

Magazine article Out

Letter from the Editor

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SHORTLY AFTER MY APPOINTMENT AS THIS MAGAZINE'S EDITOR IN CHIEF, A WELL-KNOWN BLOGGER CONGRATULATED OUT for having the courage to give a straight guy the job, and although the mistake was quickly corrected the damage was done. Columnists and bloggers recycled the fallacy; an Australian shock jock called to ask what it felt like to be "inned" as I waited at JFK to board a flight; my mother gently inquired if there was something I wasn't telling her.

OK, so I jest about my mother, but the fact is that being called "straight" is not the worst insult a person can throw at you. In fact, it's not much of an insult at all, and no homo I know would much care. Flip this scenario, however, and all hell breaks loose. This is hardly a revelation, but I'm still adjusting to my new "gay all the time" reality, and while I realize we aren't living through the Enlightenment, I thought we had at least moved on from the Dark Ages. So can I just be irritated for a moment with publicists who tell us not to make their clients look "too gay," and actors who strip off for a movie in the blink of an eye but are then coy about undoing a collar button when the shoot is for Out? And as for the four Montauk, N.Y., surfers-authentic surfers paid to authentically surf-who walked off our "Endless Summer" fashion shoot when they discovered it was for a gay magazine, I have a small question: Are you that insecure?

There is, of course, a perfectly logical explanation for the reluctance of actors to be seen as "too gay," and that explanation is Hollywood, an institution for which, it seems, no one can be too straight. …

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