gymguy1 saidFrancisx, I think you would be the best person to tell us about why people remain in the closet. You never know if your going to face any negative feedback. I thought i would from my family and friends and I havent experianced any. My co-workers still dont know about me (well 1 does now). Im not afraid to tell them but its just my business that I chose not to share with them.
I think there's a misunderstanding here. I am most definitely not in the closet. Do you assume that just because I haven't posted a picture here?
Yes, since you haven't posted a picture, or filled our your profile and you're asking a question about how common it is for men to still be in the closet, it's a fair assumption for us to make that you're not out of the closet since you can't even come out on a gay site. Whether that's a correct or incorrect assumption is a whole other issue.
With regard to your initial question, I think your question has a logical flaw in it. I think there are very few guys who face "absolutely no personal or professional risk" in coming out. That's the point. Many men do not know what the risk is. Or if the risk is low, their perception of the risk is still high, or as Hndsm says, they're just taking the time it takes to be comfortably out. When we have countries where homosexuality is illegal (see above), and small towns where homosexuality is still an oddity (I live in a town of 12,000 people - there is no way to meet gay guys here other than on the internet and I haven't found any here anyway), of course there will always be guys in various stages of coming out.
I prefer the slightly different version of the bear question: "Do bears shit in the woods?" Of course they do, they're bears.
You may not understand why it happens. I don't understand why you need to ask the question. Seems very out of touch with reality to me.