Last night at the Golden Globes, in her own awkward way, Jodie Foster came 'out of the closet' and acknowledge a long standing former relationship. Count me among those that was thrilled with her coming out and showing such vulnerability and honesty in front of the world. She could have easily accomplished the same coming out in a smaller venue. She chose a huge one.
Now there is a lot of discussion about how she came out, the timing, the words and every sentence she uttered. What is important is that she came out her way. Every single LGBT American is a unique individual and we don't all walk in lock step with how we proceed with our lives. Ms. Foster should be greeted into the open LGBT community and applauded for her courage.
Michelangelo Signorile on Huff Post Gay Voices has written a great article about the situation, "Jodie Foster: What Her Gay Coming Out Means In 2013?" You must read the entire column but here is an excerpt:
"The defensiveness was there last night as she seemed to be trying to jab us, the public, even while finally giving us what she believed we wanted, and while seeming to announce that she's retiring. The responses on Twitter were as all-over-the-place as Foster's speech itself. Some lauded her for saying she was "proud" and said she came out with "grace," while others shrugged off Foster's coming out as "too little, too late" and still others expressed anger and indignation for her casting it all as so private and never saying the "L" word.
But whatever you thought of last night, you'd have to agree that it was another indication of how it's becoming harder and harder for anyone in public life to have any real credibility and still be living in the closet. Personally, I don't care if people like Jodie Foster are bitter or annoyed at activists. It's the job of activists to challenge people and, yes, to annoy people. What I care about is that the repressive and suffocating gay closet not be seen as a good place even if it is still the only safe choice for many. The only reason that millions are still in the closet is that society forces them there under threat of punishment. But things get easier for all those millions of closeted individuals when Hollywood celebrities and media figures come out. And more and more, it appears that it's becoming their responsibility, as privileged members of society, to do so."