Today marks National Coming Out Day, but our Andy Cohen doesn't feel much like celebrating. While the day is meant as a show of pride and support for the LGBT community, Andy notes on his blog that two recent incidents involving ugly, anti-gay comments -- one personal, and one very public -- have him "boiling."
First, Andy came face-to-face with hate Friday night when a stranger hurled a homophobic slur at him. Then, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino splashed across the headlines for comments he made during an appearance at a Brooklyn synagogue. "I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don't want them to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option. It isn't," Paladino said.
"I just can't believe THIS is the conversation that's going on around me in October of 2010," Andy writes. "What will it take to change things? It's frustrating and upsetting, and scary."
Andy goes on to encourage members of the LGBT community to come out, noting that "it gets better," echoing the message he recently shot for the grassroots It Gets Better campaign.