I know the writer of this article, Andy Humm, who, along with Ann Northrop, hosts the weekly show here in NYC- Gay Cable News. Andy also writes for Gay City News. His piece on Foley and company is interesting, especially:
If only Foley had spoken with his colleague Barney Frank (D-MA). The lesson of the Foley case, he said on a visit to New York last weekend, is “don't be closeted. I lived it myself. You cannot deny your physical and emotional needs.” He added that he was “way too cranky” when he was in the closet.
Frank was here to boost the National Stonewall Democrats and their campaign both to return the House to the Democrats and make members of the party more pro-gay, a prospect that seems infinitely more possible after the Foley Follies.
Or Foley could have listened to Doug Jennings, a 19-year old gay activist from Utah here in New York interning at gay groups. “It's a choice to be in the closet. If I can live in conservative southern Utah and be out since I was 14 and have a great high school and social and family experience and be OK, then Foley has no excuse and neither does Jim McGreevey.” Jennings added, “I've never had the emotional energy to be who I'm not.”
Never better said Mr. Jennings!