Ishmael Bishop, we LGBTQ people and activists have been debating the outing issue fiercely since at least the early 1990s when some of us used it as a deliberate tactic to fight closeted politicians who pushed anti-queer legislative agendas.

I don’t think there’s a black-and-white answer to the question. If a public figure is actively working to harm LGBTQ people, then outing may be necessary.

If they’re just living their lives and going about their careers, then outing may actually be bullying.

In this case, it seems like the governor’s behavior may not have risen to the level where outing could be described as a moral necessity. It seems more like political bickering and sniping.

But I don’t know.

I do know that outing isn’t simple. It’s not always wrong. It’s not usually right. Sometimes it’s necessary.


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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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