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Bromo of the Week: Anderson Cooper

5 Jul

“The fact is, I’m gay.”

As we’re sure most of you know by now, Anderson Cooper has come out and said that he is gay.

In a blog post on his friend Andrew Sullivan’s blog, Anderson was asked to weigh in on the topic of gay people in the public eye and whether or not they should come out publicly.

In his reply, Anderson disclosed to the public that he is, in fact, gay and he explained a bit why he kept it quiet for so long.

On being a journalist:

” I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”

On why it’s the right time to come out:

“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

On being gay:

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

On bullying:

“…the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

Anderson is a well-known and respected journalist who kept his sexuality a secret for professional reasons. We are glad that he was able to come out publicly though, because he shares a very important message: you should never be ashamed of who you are.

And for that, Anderson Cooper is our Bromo of the Week.

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Bromo of the Week: Scott Heggart

19 Mar

Scott Heggart’s public journey as a closeted teenage jock is serving as both inspiration to kids in similar situations and as a stark and emotional reminder as to why initiatives like You Can Play are so important.

“I was ‘out’ at home, in the closet at school. So I spent all my time at home,” he recalls. Every coming out story has its challenges, and being a part of a team where locker-room homophobia encouraged was not easy for Heggart.

Heggart documented an entire year of his journey on YouTube anonymously. When the time came to come out, he did so quietly, and on Facebook. The response was overwhelmingly supportive. “[His teammates] recognized how much courage it took and they recognized how much trust he was putting in them.”

Now a communications student at the University of Ottawa, Heggart’s videos focus more on political activism and drawing attention to the inequalities that gay people face. Especially moving was his commentary on the suicide of Jamie Hubley, which has garnered him some significant attention.

For having the courage to share his personal story with thousands as a teenage boy and turning into an eloquent (and attractive!) young man, Scott Heggart is this week’s Bromo of the Week.

A Young Heggart on Coming Out:

Read more at the Ottawa Citizen.

Marvel Lets Hunky Heroes Show Some Love

14 Mar

While it’s true that homosexuality has existed in comic books for decades, only recently have mainstream publishers allowed their gay characters to truly be themselves. Gay superheroes have come along way since the 1960’s & 70’s when, because of the Comics Code Authority, homosexuality could only be expressed in subtext subtle enough to sneak past the censors.

A few months ago, Archie Comics made headlines by pencilling the wedding of their first gay character, Lieutenant Kevin Keller, to his man. Now it seems that Marvel comics is stepping up to the plate, and while Young Avengers Teddy & Billy (Hulkling and Wiccan, originated as sidekicks of the Hulk and Thor, respectively) aren’t heading straight to the altar just yet, they are finally getting to share a long-awaited and well-deserved kiss!

How Bromantic!

We salute you, Marvel Comics, for your dramatic (end extremely hunky) contribution to the march of progress for Bromos and Gaynerds everywhere! Who will be the next mainstream publisher to come up with an LGBT next-gen superhero? We’re looking at you DC, it’s about time you draw a Robin who comes out of the Bat-closet!

Schumacher’s Short Film about a Closeted Jock

7 Mar

Some guys might be able to relate to this short film entered into the PBS Online Short Film Festival.

You can vote for the film by clicking on the ‘Like’ button here.