In a recent CNN Newsroom interview with Don Lemon, “Hustler” publisher Larry Flynt claimed that he knows the identity of a closeted gay U.S. senator and that he is prepared to out him if the senator does not out himself.
This is part of Flynt’s ongoing campaign to expose hypocrisy in politics and to identify lawmakers who have been legislating based on “traditional family values” while, in their personal lives, have been living anything but.
As you can see below, the segment initially focused on David Vitter and old but persistent allegations surrounding his private life which have recently resurfaced as part of an opposing political campaign.
When asked for “tips” on other lawmakers who might have something to hide, Flynt revealed, “We know we’ve got a gay senator. [We'd] just like to see him come out of the closet. And I think we’ll be exposing that in the next few months if he doesn’t.”
From On Top Magazine:
In 1999, the porn mogul published his $4 million investigation into the sex lives of conservative Republicans. The Flynt Report’s 82-pages exposed the not-so-moral sex lives of Republicans who attempted to oust former President Bill Clinton from the White House for engaging in an extra-marital affair.
He defended his investigations by saying he was exposing “the hypocrisy” of politicians who don’t play by their own rules.
Based on the above reasoning as to why Flynt investigates certain politicians, it has been widely concluded that the closeted senator is likely to have opposed gay rights measures during his career.
This is all just conjecture at this stage, but it does raise an interesting question.
Is it Right to Out a Closeted Gay Politician?
Under most circumstances I could never support a gay person being outed as they should be allowed to disclose their sexuality in their own time. To out someone seems a violation of a right to privacy, no matter how beneficial I personally feel living a life free from the closet could be for most people in most situations.
However, and this is where my thinking changes, if the legislator has either actively opposed gay rights measures or has, as part of a political campaign, used the “traditional values” spiel we hear so much about but see so little evidence of, I am of the opinion that we are no longer solely concerned with an individual’s right to privacy but also must take into account the rights of the LGBT community or the rights of others that said lawmaker has traded on and sold out to advance his political career or toe the party line.
A closeted gay senator who has not opposed gay rights measures or pushed the traditional conservative values message at the expense of LGBT rights or other rights should not be outed.
On the other hand, a gay senator using anti-gay sentiment and voting away the rights of the LGBT community or trading on the traditional family values selling point at the expense of others should be exposed because their hypocrisy crosses a line where, as part of that lie, they are actively hurting other people and hindering the movement toward equality.
That’s my thinking on this issue, what’s yours?