I have to admit that I am enamored by Lance and Reichen. Actually, I think they are absolutely adorable. A friend of mine says that he doesn't see anything attractive about Lance. Ever since he came out, I find him attractive. Reichen has always been physically attractive but a lot of the things he has been involved with tend to turn me off. But, as a couple, I find them more than delightful. And not just physically. I think it's great that Lance came out of the closet and has spent a lot of time being photographed by the media... with Reichen by his side, affectionately. I think it's a great example. Regardless of what will happen in their future, I think their current actions are very positive for homosexuality.
What does trouble me is how a lot of our fellow homosexuals are reacting. I have heard, via blogs and conversations, a lot of negativity about Lance coming out. About the coupling with Reichen. About the supposed publicity stunt. It makes me wonder why. Why is it that we want some celebrity males to admit their homosexuality but, when they do, do nothing to applaud their decision? Not only do we not applaud their decision to live openly, we denigrate and criticize them for it. So, in essence, we want closeted male celebrities to come out so that we can bash them over the head for living openly? The hatred baffles me. And we wonder why any male in the public eye is reluctant to admit if he is a homosexual.
If we are going to acquire the rights we so deem basic, we are going to have to be able to accept whoever comes out for whatever they want to do. Lance and Reichen attending public events shows the world that we can exist just like they exist. That, we, as a homosexuals, are as big a part of society as all other people. That, we, as homosexuals, can lead lives like all other people in existence. That, we, as homosexuals, are just people trying to make the most of our lives as all other people are trying to. And as all other people, we deserve the rights that are basic to all other people.
I hope that soon, we can just let celebrities come out and lead their lives without making light of what they do. Because, only then can we not have people think we are not. Later.