Come Out of Closet, Anchors: Maddow
'We have a responsibility,' says Rachel Maddow
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2011 2:43 AM CDT
Updated Apr 26, 2011 4:30 AM CDT
Television journalist Rachel Maddow, is seen at the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, related to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

(Newser) – Rachel Maddow has a message for gay news anchors: Come out of the closet. "I'm sure other people in the business have considered reasons why they're doing what they're doing" not revealing that they're homosexual, "but I do think that if you're gay you have a responsibility to come out," Maddow tells the Guardian. But in a blog post she wrote immediately after news reports about her interview began to emerge, Maddow stressed that she was not talking about CNN's Anderson Cooper, as many outlets speculated.

"I wasn't asked about Anderson Cooper, I didn't say anything about him, he literally was never discussed during the interview," she clarified. "Although criticism of Mr. Cooper was intimated by The Guardian and picked up everywhere—I did not make that criticism in the interview, nor is it what I believe." She also emphasized that gays "should all get to decide for ourselves if and when we feel that we can" come out. Maddow is one of two openly gay anchors on MSNBC, along with Thomas Roberts. She frequently mentions her relationship with long-time partner Susan Mikula and defends herself from those critical of her sexual orientation. Check Gawker for some ideas about who should come out.

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Apr 28, 2011 9:43 AM CDT
I think Rachel is a courageous person - in her work, and in coming out publicly. Despite what critics may say, it is NOT easy to come out in many places (most?). People see public figures (often wealthy and secure) come out and they go Ho Hum. Well, for most ordinary people it is still a VERY big deal.
Apr 26, 2011 10:03 PM CDT
I don't think it is so much that it makes a difference, but I would believe she is just saying stop hiding what you are. Cooper I thought had long ago revealed that he was gay and I don't believe that now it is a issue and nobody cares.
Apr 26, 2011 6:46 PM CDT
Who cares who is gay and who isn't, and what relevance does this bring to a person's professionalism? Being egalitarian means you see everyone the same, not that you highlight your individuality or special preference to garner more attention. People can do as they please, come out or don't come out, but truly what does this accomplish?