Why do they do it? Why do so many men keep their homosexuality a secret, lying to wives and family, friends and colleagues, living miserable double lives skulking in the closet?
Let’s examine some headlines from the past week (which, incidentally, included Monday’s International Day Against Homophobia):
- Gay marriage an ‘insidious’ threat to society: Pope Benedict XVI (The Australian, May 14)
- Politician against gay marriage (In My Community, May 18)
- Footy Show implied gay people are faulty, tribunal told (ABC News Online, May 19)
- Stay in the closet, Jason Akermanis tells homosexuals (Herald Sun, May 20)
- Anti-Gay Minister Hires Rent Boy (QNews, May 20)
- Mixed reaction to NSW relationship register (SameSame, May 20)
- Courtney Love ‘had sex session with Kate Moss’ (NineMSN, May 20)
- Malawi under fire for jailing gay couple (ABC News Online, May 21)
- Homophobia at work (The Age, May 21)
- Minister quits over gay sex club visit (ABC News Online, May 21)
- Discreet charm of Ken’s sexy bar (The Australian, May 21)
- Barber’s chair but no haircuts, and towel-free Friday nights (Sydney Morning Herald, May 21)
As NSW Premier Kristina Keneally this morning, with sensitivity and acuity, described the dilemma of her now-former transport minister David Campbell: “It is appalling that he lived a lie, and it is appalling that he lives in a society [in which] he feels he has to live a lie.”
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