CBS Anchor Itay Hod: When Is It Okay To Out Someone?
Openly gay CBS journalist Itay Hod (pictured) has started an interesting conversation on Facebook regarding when and if it's okay to "out" an individual.
He provides the hypothetical (maybe not so hypothetical example) of an allegedly closeted Illinois Republican congressman with a vehemently anti-gay voting record (and a pretty flamboyant Instagram account.)
Is it acceptable for the media to out an individual that actively and hypocritically works against the LGBT community?
Here's an excerpt from Hod's Facebook post:
people always say, no one has the right to out anyone. that coming out is a private matter. i disagree. as you can imagine, not a very popular opinion. but bear with me.
here's a hypothetical: what if you know a certain GOP congressman, let's just say from Illinois, is gay... and you know this because one of your friends, a journalist for a reputable network, told you in no uncertain terms that he caught that GOP congressman and his male roommate in the shower... together. now they could have been good friends just trying to conserve water. but there's more. what if this congressman has also been caught by tmz cameras trolling gay bars. now what if you know that this very same guy, the darling of the gop, has also voted against repeal of don’t ask don’t tell, opposed the repeal of doma, is against gay marriage; and for the federal marriage amendment, which would add language to the us constitution banning gay marriage and would likely strike down every gay rights law and ordinance in the country?
Are we still not allowed to out him?
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this issue, Instincters? Is it ever okay to out someone?