From Author John Becker:
"Friends, help me out here. I genuinely don't understand (and am deeply bothered by) the cynicism, feigned shock, eye-rolling, armchair-quarterbacking, "I-told-you-so"-ing, and/or apathy whenever a celebrity (Brian Boitano, Anderson Cooper, Tom Daley, Maulik Pancholy, etc.) comes out as LGBT. It really saddens me. Why the nasty reactions?
Nobody comes out "perfectly" -- and more importantly, there is no "perfect" way to come out. Every person's journey is so different, and so excruciatingly, intimately, exquisitely personal! Why the *hell* would we begrudge a person for having a journey that's different from our own, or for coming out at a different time or in a different way than we did?
I never want to do that. I choose to meet people where they are and bring them forward. In the case of Brian Boitano, I rejoice that he's come to a place in his life where he can openly acknowledge his sexual orientation. Yes, it's 2013, yes, many people have been out and proud for a long time before him, and yes, many have come out at a time when that meant being disowned, fired, discharged, shunned, condemned from the pulpit, harassed, beaten, jailed, or worse.
And yes, I do believe that we all bear some kind of obligation to come out when it's safe to do so, for the sake of putting our face on our community and making the world a better place for LGBT kids.
But what matters most is that he did that -- he got here, to this place, right now. And he'll come along even further -- especially once he realizes that the sky isn't going to fall after he's confirmed his membership in the LGBT community.
So how about we all just be happy for him and welcome him into our community with love and open arms?
That's what I will always choose to do."