Sexual orientation is about who you are, how you see the world and how you identify, not about your private sexual activity. And if you are public about it as a public person to a wide circle, it should be something reportable.
After an avalanche of outrage, The Daily Beast last night removed a wretched article from its website which it had published on Wednesday and which had luridly exposed the sex lives of gay Olympians who were easily identifiable in the article and who were meeting on dating apps in Rio.
"We were wrong," the editors wrote.
Reminder: anyone could be looking at you online.
There's little sympathy in the world right now for Gawker, which has engaged in questionable and egregious reporting, but Thiel has a lot confused here.
We claim we want to be treated equally as gay people, but then, in 2015, with much more acceptance in the culture, we still ask for special treatment of gay and bisexual public figures while every aspect of the sex lives of heterosexual public figures is dissected every day. We can't have it both ways any longer.
Gawker is still reeling from the controversy surrounding a post, which has since been removed from the site, that revealed
Gawker manufactured a story that accused someone of rape -- not to mention other intimate partner abuse -- apparently for clicks and giggles, then delivered it over four posts spaced more than a month apart. The author has since admitted that this was all baseless.
A curious case of passing took center stage on social media this week. Enter Rachel Dolezal, the 37-year-old artist, professor and NAACP leader from Spokane, Washington who is allegedly passing as black.
The media treated longstanding questions about Schock's sexual orientation and how it relates to his anti-gay voting record differently from questions about his official spending and how it relates to his fiscally conservative positions, holding these kinds of alleged hypocrisy to different standards.
When I talk about Schock's "closet," I mean the system of keeping LGBTs down by intimidating and disadvantaging them. Laws like those Schock supported are designed to oppress gays and lesbians, and they send a clear message: Sure, go ahead and be openly gay; just remember that you could lose your job, your home, your safety, or your life.
I fell in love with a boy who had to sneak out of his house to see me. I say "boy" not because we were teenagers breaking curfew. Shane and I were grown men, consenting adults who had been seeing each other for several months. We had everything: chemistry, passion, heat. But only when we got behind closed doors.