I'd like to recognize Ricky Martin's recent 'coming out.' Here's the article. A nice menudo youtube link
here. And a picture of Ricky Martin (with some hot guy):
I think it's good for people to 'come out,' although not always necessary. I personally felt that it was necessary for me. It allowed me to open up, be myself (the most important reason), live one whole life (not a split double life, the other most important reason), and a few other things.
I wish I could come out via BBC News or CNN. This would prevent the whole having to come out to each and every person you've ever known or will ever meet. I don't think coming out should be a lifelong process. It was important for me to come out to certain people at the time and now I'd rather folks just figure it out. It can be hard for people to 'figure it out' cause I don't fit the socially defined stereotype of gay.