A Class Act in Late Night: Cook, Colbert And Coming Out
On the surface, coming out may not seem like the big deal it used to be until you think about the skulduggery Kim Davis kicked up. That is one Wicked Witch who isn’t dead … she’s only quiet now. And she’s not alone. That is why the importance of coming out is not diminished, but intensified
Last night, when Stephen Colbert asked Tim Cook about his recent coming out, he did so in a way that furthered the national conversation in the right way, at the right time on not just gay rights, but human rights:
Kids were getting basically discriminated against, kids were even being disclaimed by their own parents. And that I needed to do something. And where I valued my privacy significantly, I felt that I was valuing it too far above what I could do for other people. And so I wanted to tell everyone my truth. ~Tim Cook
The not so subtle subtext of “If you gays want to be left alone, why do you keep throwing your sexuality in our faces?” is the passive/aggressive version of “Why can’t it be like it used to when we didn’t have to even hear about you people?” The chief factor in diminishing discrimination against the LGBT community is the increased awareness that we are not the social jihadists you were warned about.
Remember guys …
We can change the world by enlightening one mind at a time. Last night, we got some major help with that.
Tim Cook. Stephen Colbert. Thank you.
If you are struggling with coming out or know someone who is, there are excellent resources available:
[“Coming Out As You” from the Trevor Project]
[Coming Out Support from The LGBT Foundation]
[The Coming Out Resource Center from the Human Rights Campaign]