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Bottom line: our sexuality isn't something we should be afraid of or afraid of sharing.
Yes, some people have very good reasons for not coming out -- they could be thrown out on the street, they could be fired from their job, their physical or mental safety could be compromised. We start speaking up and telling our truths and each time it gets a little less terrifying until one day we wake up and the world has changed.
Contrary to what some people believe, being straight isn't something to be ashamed of either.
That's part of the reason I'm grateful for James Franco, a man who has made no secret of his heterosexuality. He's helped to challenge stereotypes about what it means to be straight or gay and by doing so, he's providing another kind of example -- another possibility -- for who and how we can be.
He is also the host of Food Network's show Cake Wars.
It makes it harder and harder for people to say "I don't know anyone who is gay" or "All gay people are like this." And when minds change, so does our culture.But if that's not the case, I believe we have a responsibility to come out -- especially if you are in the public eye and your being out will have a positive impact. Just a few weeks ago when I was on a flight to Chicago, someone asked me what I did for a living and I paused for a second and thought, And then I took a breath and told him. And on that day, our sexualities will still matter -- just in a different way.And today, thanks to people like Ellen De Generes and Ellen Page and Neil Patrick Harris and Zachary Quinto, coming out in Hollywood does not equal career suicide. And it's not something you do once and then are done with. Gay, straight, bi, and everything in between -- we will no longer be afraid to say we love who we want to love or say we fuck who we want to fuck.And yes, that distinction matters and yes, being out publicly matters.
Here's why: Coming out is a radical act capable of upending deep-seated assumptions about who someone is and challenging our fundamental beliefs about what that ultimately means for how we understand and treat them.
How many straight people do you know who refuse to say that they're straight?