ffflala writes: James Randi, is the 81 year old founder of JREF who has debunked countless fraudulent claims of paranormal abilities, recently and publicly declared his homosexuality. Randi's announcement describes changes in cultural perception he has observed throughout his life.
"Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted. I’m gay. From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much “gay” about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style. At no time did I choose to adopt any protective coloration, though; my cultivation of an abundant beard was not at all a deception, but part of my costume as a conjuror. Gradually, the general attitude that I’d perceived around me began to change, and presently I find that there has emerged a distinctly healthy acceptance of different social styles of living — except, of course, in cultures that live in constant and abject fear of divine retribution for infractions found in the various Holy Books In another two decades, I’m confident that young people will find themselves in a vastly improved atmosphere of acceptance."