Can being gay still affect your career?
Ricky Martin, the pop star from Puerto Rico, has finally ended years of speculation about his sexuality; he is 'proud to say' he is a 'fortunate homosexual man'. He also says that he always hid his sexuality because advisers told him it could hurt his career.
Some people aren't surprised
and others are wondering what all the fuss is about.
Raymond asks "Does it really make such a difference nowadays?" and StuR wonders, perhaps a bit cynically, 'He's obviously hoping it'll affect his career by getting him in the news again.'
But Barbara Walters the American journalist and TV host who asked Ricky if he was gay a few years ago, now blames herself for ruining his career.
"I pushed Ricky Martin very hard to admit if he was gay or not, and the way he refused to do it made everyone decide that he was. A lot of people say that destroyed his career, and when I think back on it now I feel it was an inappropriate question."
And this blog, says singers George Michael and Clay Aiken don't sell as well since they came out.
If you are gay, do you think coming out affected your job? Do gay men have advantages in some careers? Does being gay still affect people and should it it still be that way?