Last night on ABC’s “World News Now,” anchor Dan Kloeffler was reporting how actor Zachary Quinto came out of the closet in a magazine interview. Kloeffler then nonchalantly said that he would lift his ban against dating actors to consider Quinto, and the way he kind of stumbles through that sentence you can tell that it’s a huge admission for him to make on-air (see video below). Kloeffler later wrote:
I’ve never shared that I’m gay on-air, even though I’ve been out to my family, friends and co-workers for years. In fact, an old boyfriend – now best friend – has always given me a hard time about not doing so. But for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life.
I’m all for this, and not just because I enjoy milk bukkake GIFs. I understand that it can be scary to come out because there’s a big chunk of the country that’s still homophobic. But there’s no way to change that bigotry unless people with fame and influence demonstrate that they can be gay and have normal lives and not get AIDS all over everybody. Lookin’ at you, aging Christians in the Midwest. Stop making us look bad.