Calling BS on @HuffPostGay – Yes, It Does Matter If Jonathan Bennett Is Gay And Out of the Closet or Not

Recently Jonathan Bennett was outed by Julianne Hough.  The debate is on, should Jonathan Bennett come out, stay in the closet, tell everyone he is straight or is his sexuality none of our business?

Today, in his HuffPost Gay Voices column, Noah Michelson, Executive Editor shared his thoughts, mine will follow after.

Noah Michelson Headshot Noah Michelson

Yes, It Does Matter If Jonathan Bennett Is Gay And Out of the Closet or Not, And Here’s Why

Posted: 09/19/2014 10:03 am EDT 
Earlier this week, “Dancing With The Stars” judge Julianne Hough was discussing “Mean Girls” star and DWTS contestant Jonathan Bennett on “Extra” with host Mario Lopez.

“[Bennett] tweeted me last year and said, like, I had a nice butt, but he also tagged my trainer,” she said. “And so I was like, ‘Oh, he’s hitting on me. I should try to go on a date with him.'”

“What happened?” Lopez asked.

“He’s gay,” Hough responded. “So, I was like, that’s not gonna work.”

The only problem? Bennett has never said that 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. Numerous publications have said as much and until this morning, even his Wikipedia page claimed he’s gay. 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?

Read the full article here.

GAY50: Before responding to Mr. Michelson’s article, allow me to first address Julianne Hough.  Hey Julianne, shut the eff up!  Keep your mouth shut when it relates to other people and apologize to Jonathan Bennett, you have no business discussing anyone’s private life!

Now on to the article at hand.  If Jonathan Bennett is gay, I would hope he feels comfortable with himself and his life to come out of the closet.  Nothing is more liberating that being comfortable with yourself,  living out and proud.

With that said, I take issue with Mr. Michelson’s stand that Jonathan Bennett owes it to the world to come out.  Mr. Bennett, OWES it to himself to live his best life, that’s it.  Being a public figure does not allow Mr. Michelson or anyone else to take away Mr. Bennett’s privacy, his sexuality is his business no one else’s.

One of the arguments made in the article is no one challenges straight people on their sexuality… SO WHAT!?!?!?  That isn’t the issue, the issue is Mr. Bennett’s privacy and his right to live his life on HIS terms, not the terms of the general public, an online news organization or anyone else.

Pushing someone to make the choice that we would like them to make never helps anyone, allow Mr. Bennett to move at his pace and live his life on his terms, not that of the demanding public.

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