Sunday, March 21, 2010

How far we have come - James Randi comes out

I think I can safely say that today's bombshell in the skeptic sphere is James Randi coming out as gay. Not that the majority of skeptics will have any problem with Randi being gay, but because at 81 years old, it is a fairly long kept secret.

I cannot even begin to fathom how it would be to have had to keep your sexuality hidden for such a long time.

Randi explains more about why he kept it a secret for so long on a podcast interview with D.J. Grothe (who is openly gay).

Randi is a major figure in the skeptic sphere, and his coming out will certainly not diminish his standing among skeptics. On the contrary, I think most of us will have even more respect for him than we had before.

Interestingly, Randi writes that his coming out was inspired by him watching Milk.

It is probably important to mention that Randi has not been denying his sexuality, but he has just kept his sexuality private.

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Blogger Rev. Bob said...

One more reason to celebrate Randi's amazing life. He'll be raising hell with his last breath.

March 21, 2010 8:32 PM  
Blogger Kristjan Wager said...

Yes, Randi is indeed amazing. The more I hear from him, the more impressed I am (disregarding his minor flirt with AGW-deniers, which seems to be a case of bad communication)

March 21, 2010 9:40 PM  

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