Evangelical leader Ted Haggard has been allegedly outed as a homosexual who hired an escort. He’s resigned. Haggard was an opponent of gay marriage.
Instead of decrying the media circus around this private revelation and hoping Haggard can come to terms with events (as political opponent Pat Buchanan did to him over the years), gay activist Andrew Sullivan joins in and prattles on about the “psychosis of the closet.” Well, the psychosis of the closet can’t explain Sullivan’s own seeking of random unprotected sex partners on the Internet — while HIV positive. While we’re going on about people’s sex lives and moral failings.
Homosexual men tend to have more and riskier sex because it is available to them. I would guess it’s more prevalent in gays who are out of the closet and don’t have to worry about getting caught, but I’m not aware of any data. If women were more willing, straight men would do more of this sort of thing as well. Sullivan should be making this point, instead of acting like this kind of behavior is unique to closeted homosexuals.
This serves a very narrow political purpose for Sullivan: If we make out-of-the-closet homosexuality more acceptable, this won’t happen as much. In the process, though, he makes the case that closeted homosexuals are vile, disgusting people just because they’re closeted homosexuals.
Robert VerBruggen blogs at http://robertsrationale.blogspot.com.