Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted.It's an amazing testament to how difficult a decision it is to be open about one's sexuality that someone so public and critical as he would have waited so long to come forth with this information. My eyes are watery thinking both about the very fact that he even had to consider whether or not to share this information and that he finally felt safe enough to do so.
From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much “gay” about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style. At no time did I choose to adopt any protective coloration, though; my cultivation of an abundant beard was not at all a deception, but part of my costume as a conjuror.
Gradually, the general attitude that I’d perceived around me began to change, and presently I find that there has emerged a distinctly healthy acceptance of different social styles of living — except, of course, in cultures that live in constant and abject fear of divine retribution for infractions found in the various Holy Books… In another two decades, I’m confident that young people will find themselves in a vastly improved atmosphere of acceptance.