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Richard Chamberlain comes out of the closet

posted by Jason Kottke   May 31, 2003

Richard Chamberlain comes out of the closet.

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mcfJun 01, 2003 at 3:08PM

wait, he was in the closet? since when?

Kenan HebertJun 02, 2003 at 2:14AM

Headline in The Onion: “Man Outs Self 20 Years After Being Outed by the Rest of the World”

Joyce DozierJun 05, 2003 at 8:37PM

I’m 54. I remember when I was growing up someone (the studio? his manager? who knows) had him “dating” some woman; all I remember is that she had black hair. Occasionally in magazines there’d be a photo of him and his “lady friend” having a picnic or whatever. Supposedly this was set up to hide the fact that he was gay. I imagine the same way they set Rock Hudson up with women. I was crazy about “Dr. Kildare,” had a fan club for him and met my best friend (still) that way. I first heard someone mention that they “had a friend who had a friend” who knew he was gay when I was either in my late twenties or early thirties. It was still pretty unacceptable then so I pooh-poohed it. I agree with him, it’s a nonissue now. How many of us have gay friends? What’s the big deal? Of course he couldn’t come out of the closet when he was younger, it would have killed his careeer. Plus when I was young, and he was too, it wasn’t as accepted. I think he’s right — it’s a nonissue. Speaking for myself, I don’t care — and I’m glad that finally he is free to be.

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