I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog -- and I'm extra- excited about this one. It's an interview with Mike Rogers: best known as "the most feared man on Capitol Hill," a dogged investigative reporter and blogger known for outing closeted gay politicians who campaign against LGBT rights... and the star of the recent documentary film, "Outrage."
Mike and I spoke about the hows and whys of outing; his standards of evidence; the psychology of homophobic gay people; the difference between news and gossip; why people are so intrigued by the sex lives of famous people; and why he's best known for outing when his career extends far beyond it. The piece is titled "People Are Fascinated By Sex Lives": The Blowfish Blog Interview With "Outrage"'s Mike Rogers, and here's the teaser:
I have no problem if these people want to be private -- but then they shouldn't be running for office. I wrote a post called No more "outing," where I pledged to replace the word "outing" with "reporting." To me, "outing" is the indiscriminate revealing of an individual's sexual orientation. I don't do that. I report on hypocrisy.
Do people feel that if a member of Congress is arguing against choice, and it's found out that they had an abortion -- is that something that should not be reported? If you find out that a member of Congress is supposedly a Christian, and is having an affair -- should that be reported? For me, the answer is yes. It's a very simple thing... because they are beating gay people up.
To find out more about Mike's take on politics, sex, secrecy, and the weird places they interact, read the rest of the piece. (And if you feel inspired to comment here, please consider cross-posting your comment on the Blowfish Blog. They like comments there, too.) Enjoy!