Outing Anti-Gay Politicians as Gay
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 1 April 2012, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 1 April 2012, I answered a question on outing anti-gay politicians as gay.
Is it wrong to "out" a hypocritical anti-gay public figure who is secretly gay? Some conservative politicians have taken strongly anti-gay positions, but are secretly gay themselves. If one learns of this, is it wrong for gay activists to publicly "out" them? What if they don't engage in public hypocrisy, but are just quietly "in the closet"? Should activists respect their privacy in that case?
My Answer, In Brief: People who publicly advocate meddling in other people's private choices should not expect others to respect their private hypocrisy. They should be exposed, as a matter of justice.
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