It’s hard to imagine a worse context for coming out than in response to allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor.
But after decades of dodging questions about his sexuality, Kevin Spacey finally came out as gay in the same tweet he used to address disturbing allegations from Anthony Rapp. Spacey’s statement is problematic and infuriating for many reasons — for using coming out as a distraction, for positioning it almost as an excuse for inappropriate behavior, for framing “living as a gay man” to be a choice. But leveraging his coming out to lend credibility to a denial of wrongdoing dangerously undermines the integrity of the entire LGBT community.
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