Why It Matters That Nate Silver Is Gay
I honestly just figured he was a straight geek, when I met him years ago. And I pride myself on my fine-tuned gaydar.
Some of you, I know, will ask, “why does it matter?”
It matters because it matters. When gay people still are having their civil rights voted on, like some high school popularity contest, and we often lose, then it matters who in famous-land is gay because it puts another face to the “gay menace” and makes it that much less menacing.
It’s long been held that people become more supportive of our civil rights if they know someone gay. And even if (or perhaps even better if) the person is a “celebrity” who you don’t know personally, but perhaps feel even more strongly about than someone you actually know – finding out they’re gay helps to soften any internal opposition you might have.
It also doesn’t hurt, when gay kids are killing themselves because they refuse to believe that it will ever get better, for those same kids to see adult role models who are happy, successful, well-loved and admired, and yes, gay.
So yeah, until it stops mattering that we’re gay, it matters that you’re gay.