Coming out is a radical act capable of upending deep-seated assumptions about who someone is and challenging our fundamental beliefs about what that ultimately means for how we understand and treat them.In a world where you can still go to prison for being queer and hate crimes are still happening, it's a powerful weapon that disarms people and changes minds.
PHOTOS: Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest Beach Pics Should Julianne publicly apologize for spilling the beans?
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Numerous publications have said as much and until this morning, even his Wikipedia page claimed he's gay.
Any insider knowledge Hough may have aside, it isn't hard to understand why she might be under the assumption that he is and that he's out.
But if someone never says it himself -- and even his publicist declines to comment on whether or not he is or if he's out of the closet -- is he really?
After we ran a story about Hough's gaffe, I was inundated with responses (both from Gay Voices readers and my own friends and acquaintances) that mostly fell into two categories: 1. people questioning why it mattered if he publicly came out and asking why we couldn't just let him live his life. You can be out to yourself, you can be out to your family, you can be out to your friends, you can be out at work, you can be out publicly and you can be out in some combination of all of the above.
people telling me that he was gay and out ("I did shots with him at a gay bar in We Ho last year! But when you're a public figure like Bennett, if you've never said the words "I'm gay" or, as many stars have done in recent years, have never publicly discussed or referenced a partner or date of the same sex, you're not out.
“He tweeted at me last year and said I had a nice butt, and I thought, ‘Oh he’s hitting on me—I should try to go on a date with him!
’” the new Dancing With the Stars judge told host Mario Lopez, 40, on his celebrity news show about the actor Matt Dallas, 31, in 2009, he has never commented publicly on his sexuality.
He also hasn’t responded to Hough’s goof up, though he did post a cryptic tweet on September 20.
“You’ve got to keep moving towards the goal, no matter what’s in front of you,” said the actor, who famously romanced Lindsay Lohan in their 2004 classic flick.