Who cares?

It seems that everyday you pick up a newspaper or turn on the television, some celeb or high profile media player is ‘coming out.’ Well done them, but really, does anyone care?

As far as I’m aware being gay doesn’t stop you from doing your job. It doesn’t stop you from being a kind and compassionate person. It doesn’t make you more likely to become a criminal and swindle old ladies out of their life savings. So why do people feel the need to tell the world they are sleeping with someone of the same sex?

Personally, I have never felt the need to tell the world who I’m sleeping with, as I just don’t think anyone cares. But then again, I’m not a media personality and, as it’s only my husband, I can’t imagine it would make such a splash. But the media hound those who they suspect to be gay, forcing them to make a statement either denying or confirming what people had already suspected.

For as long as the discussion about same sex marriage rumbles on, we will have gay celebs who are only too happy to get their pictures in the paper and have their say about how they have the right to marry who they choose. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe they do, but I just don’t understand what all the hoo ha is about.

And for every one ‘famous’ person who is happy to tell the world they are gay, there will be two or three more who believe their sexuality is their business. And it is. It’s not just the media who are calling for people to declare their sexuality. High profile Australians, who have already taken the leap to announce to the world they are gay, believe everyone should do as they have done. Indeed, retired high court judge Michael Kirby has today called for other high profile people to do as he has done. He has even hinted that he knows fellow high court judges who are also gay. Well done Michael for pointing the finger of suspicion at people who may be struggling to deal with their sexuality; they now also have to deal with the scrutiny of co-workers and the media.

Men have sex with other men, women have sex with other women, that’s the world we live in and no amount of procrastinating about gay marriage laws is going to change that. But it will give those who are not attracted to the opposite sex the same basic human rights that all others enjoy.

Surely it’s time to live and let live?

Written by Debbie McTaggart