On another forum I read, two posters hijacked a thread with a discussion of whether or not Sara Gilbert (of “Roseanne” fame) is “out.”
One poster said that she is, because she goes out in public with her family (partner & child), has pictures taken that are printed in the media, and it is generally known that she is gay.
The other poster said that she is not, because she has not made any kind of a public declaration that she is gay (mentioned it in an interview, had pics deliberately released to the media, etc.)
So, help me, dopers…which is it? Does a celebrity have to out themselves to be out, or can they just be out if it is not a secret?
I want to say the latter, because it is generally spoken of as “outing” someone if another person “spills the beans” as it were. IMO, once everyone knows, then you are out, whether you plan it that way or not. Am I right, or am I all wet?