I heard part of a story last week on NPR about the ongoing outing of political figures and the members of their staffs in Washington. It's clear that as the Republican party has become more intolerant of GLBT issues, those on the Democratic side have been outing closeted gay Republicans with more fervor, but something else started recently (perhaps since Foley): some Republicans are also starting to out their own. NPR interviewed a Republican (clearly a member of the religious right) who pretty much said that "being gay doesn't fit with being Republican," and expressed his desire to expose the gay members of his own party with the intention of seeing them booted out (by convincing those who vote Republican to turn against them). That could be the subject of a whole post, but right now, I'm thinking about forced outings in general. What do you think of it based on the current political climate?
It seems this has always been a touchy subject this includes among gay people I know who live in Washington D.C. who know and defend closeted political figures. Do you think it's right to out closeted gay politicians? What if the closeted gay politician has a record of voting against GLBT rights and issues, would you be more inclined to want to see him/her outed? Or does a person even a politician have a right to privacy that always overrules his/her actions and/or voting record?
Use comments to share your thoughts with me, please.