Friday, August 20, 2010

It's Never Too Late To Say 'Me Too'

Last Friday morning Stephanie Miller came out of the closet.  People asked why now and why didn't you do it before and why did you wait so long.  Here's the thing.  It doesn't matter.
I have for years listened to her 6 AM to 9 AM talk show.  I think she's brilliant.  She's funny and analytical and always a fierce advocate for social justice.
Was I surprised when she disclosed that she is a gay woman?
I was.
Did I care?
Not at all.
Here's what matters.  She reached a point where it wasn't enough to advocate for the rights of others.  She, by her own admission, reached a point where she needed to say her own truth.
Judging from the giddy atmosphere on her show that morning, this was a liberating experience.  But then living a secret life is rarely in the long run healthy or satisfying.
So, a week late, congratulations, Stephanie.
It's never too late to tell the truth.
Nor is it ever too late to say, "Thanks.  Good job!"

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