Friday, January 15, 2010

TBP--Stay closeted to win Idol for yourself, lose equality for all

My recent Bilerico Project post is one I'm very proud of. Go to the post on the site to read what OPRAH says about having gay friends... Yikes.

Stay closeted to win Idol for yourself, lose equality for all | The Bilerico Project:
"Former American Idol contestant Kat McPhee thinks gays and lesbians on Idol should stay in the closet so they can get farther on the show--and she's right. Gays and lesbians aren't likely to go as far as someone who looks like someone you can bring home to mama--you know like Clay Aiken. Kat McPhee's advice to Idol contestants is pretty good for a career.

But it sucks for the rest of us.

Idol contestants who hide their lives in the closet are perpetuating the problem, not solving it. In fact, all of us who live our lives in the closet are allowing the system that forces into that situation to perpetuate a little longer. That doesn't mean that if we're in dire straits we ought to come out to our shift manager. Don't set yourself up to lose it all.

But losing Idol is not the same. Someone who loses Idol because they came out isn't going to be unemployable after the show (unless, of course, they're impossible to work with and have a horrific work ethic). In fact, they're likely going to be very employable in the entertainment industry as a recognizable face, and someone who made it to one of the most elite stages in the world."

Read the rest of "Stay closeted to win Idol for yourself, lose equality for all" at The Bilerico Project:

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