Gay Actors Should Stay Closeted

122621_1753In an interview with The Advocate promoting his upcoming role as an HIV-positive love interest for Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin) on ABC’s Brothers & Sisters, out gay actor Richard Chamberlain (pictured) says he “wouldn’t advise a gay leading man-type actor to come out.” And further: “It’s just silly for a working actor to say, ‘Oh, I don’t care if anybody knows I’m gay’ — especially if you’re a leading man.” Chamberlain makes the obvious, regrettable observation: there’s still plenty of homophobia in society. But after years of thinking about this issue I have to say I’m at the point where the professional problems of a relatively few people (Hollywood’s leading men) don’t, to me, amount to a hill of beans in this world.

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