How Many Times Has Michael Stipe Come Out?

March 17, 2008 / Posted by:

While browsing through news stories today I’ve come across a few headlines that read, “Michael Stipe Comes Out.” I thought that homo “came out” yeeeeaaaars ago. Maybe the media feels they need to remind us of this. Somebody tell them there’s no need. He’s gayer than Billy Squier’s “Rock Me Tonite” video!

Anyway, Michael talked to Spin Magazine about the whole “coming out” thing. He said, “It was super complicated for me in the ’80s. I was totally open with the band and my family and my friends and certainly the people I was sleeping with. I thought it was pretty obvious.” Yeah, it was pretty obvious.

He went on to say that he never really though coming out could help others, but now he does, “Now I recognize that to have public figures be very open about their sexuality helps some kid somewhere out there.”

He’s sort of right. The only gay person I really looked up to was Monroe from “Too Close For Comfort.” And I don’t think Monroe ever came out officially! I mean his outfits screamed “I love it in the ass,” but he never said it.

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