Golden Globes: Jodie Foster Wrestles With Coming Out On The Job
Jodie Foster didn't come out Sunday evening, during her lifetime achievement acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. Foster, whom Out magazine named one of the 50 most powerful gay Americans in 2007, had already come out "a thousand years ago," as she put it. Foster just didn't really want to declare her sexual orientation to millions of Americans whom she'd never met.
"Now, apparently, I'm told that every celebrity is expected to honor the details of their private life with a press conference, a fragrance and a prime-time reality show," she told the crowd, in a speech both emotional and mystifying.
While Hollywood appears to be full of "left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers," it's actually one of the hardest industries to come out in, precisely because the coming-out becomes so very public. And once audiences know a young stud or leading starlet is only interested in their same sex, studios fear it will puncture the fantasies of many starry-eyed teens, who will then stop flocking to the box office.
But the movie business isn't the only sector in which it's difficult to be openly gay. Almost half of college-educated professionals aren't open about their sexual orientation at work, and only a third of those closeted employees said that they were satisfied with their careers, according to a 2011 study by The Center for Work-Life Policy. That's compared to two-thirds of their openly gay co-workers. Here are five of the most difficult industries in which to come out as gay:
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Claire Gordon has contributed to Slate's DoubleX, the Huffington Post, and the book Prisons: Current Controversies. While an undergraduate at Yale University and a research fellow at Yale graduate school, she spoke on panels at Yale and Cornell, and reported from Cairo, Tokyo, and Berlin.
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