Coming out is a radical act capable of upending deep-seated assumptions about who someone is and challenging our fundamental beliefs about what that ultimately means for how we understand and treat them.
In a world where you can still go to prison for being queer and hate crimes are still happening, it's a powerful weapon that disarms people and changes minds.
But if someone never says it himself -- and even his publicist declines to comment on whether or not he is or if he's out of the closet -- is he really?
After we ran a story about Hough's gaffe, I was inundated with responses (both from Gay Voices readers and my own friends and acquaintances) that mostly fell into two categories: 1. people questioning why it mattered if he publicly came out and asking why we couldn't just let him live his life. You can be out to yourself, you can be out to your family, you can be out to your friends, you can be out at work, you can be out publicly and you can be out in some combination of all of the above.
people telling me that he was gay and out ("I did shots with him at a gay bar in We Ho last year! But when you're a public figure like Bennett, if you've never said the words "I'm gay" or, as many stars have done in recent years, have never publicly discussed or referenced a partner or date of the same sex, you're not out.
“He tweeted at me last year and said I had a nice butt, and I thought, ‘Oh he’s hitting on me—I should try to go on a date with him!
“If I see something where I’m like, ‘Yo Derek, you didn’t up your game with your partner, she could have done better this week,’ then I will call him out for sure. But he knows and hopefully everybody else knows too, it’s never to diss anybody or call anybody out, it’s because I really do want to see the people improve.” Hollywood Lifers, what do you think of Julianne accidentally outing Jonathan?
Check out a clip from the interview below: “It’s not me judging my brother — it’s me judging the collaboration and connection that he has with his partner and the growth that I see her do,” Julianne told Hollywood
tour stop at the venue and joined Joey King, Peyton List, Yara Shahidi, Jonathan Bennett, Neriah Fisher, Olivia Stuck, Chloe Lukasiak and Aidan Alexander for the party.
“When @selenagomez sings her favorite worship song & 18,000 people sing “Hallelujah ” w/her.
"They've been dating for a while now and are very happy," a friend of the pair tells us.
Before Dallas, Bennett was previously linked to Lance Bass.
Numerous publications have said as much and until this morning, even his Wikipedia page claimed he's gay.