Target: Ben Whishaw
Goal: Applaud Ben Whishaw for coming out as gay
Having your private life be made public is something that celebrities have to deal with daily. It is especially difficult for gay celebrities who are not yet out to maintain a private life. Recently, more and more gay celebrities have announced that they are gay to the public in an effort to be authentic and show that being gay is no big deal. Ben Whishaw, a British actor, has just come out as gay.
Whishaw is a 32-year-old actor who starred in the movie Skyfall which came out in 2012. In the movie, he played Q, James Bond’s gadget-maker. Whishaw also starred in the movie Cloud Atlas which was in theaters in 2012 as well. The actor has always been very private about his personal life and prefers not to discuss it with the public.
The announcement about his sexual orientation was seen by the public in the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail. In 2009, Whishaw starred in a movie called Bright Star, where he met Mark Bradshaw, the composer for the film. He has been in a relationship with Bradshaw ever since, and in August of 2012, they entered into a civil partnership.
In 2011, Whishaw said in an interview, “As an actor you have total rights to privacy and mystery, whatever your sexuality, whatever you do.” He never thought it necessary to share information about his love life with the public, but people were suspicious of his sexual orientation. He decided recently to confirm his homosexuality and show his pride about it. Commend the actor for being bold and coming out to the public.
Dear Ben Whishaw,
As an actor, it is hard to maintain a private life, but you have been able to do so for years. Now you have confirmed your sexual orientation, which was a very courageous thing to do. It should not be a big deal that you are gay, because it is a very natural thing. It is unfortunate that everyone assumes that people are straight until they say that they are not.
You have been in a relationship with Mark Bradshaw who composed the music for a film that you were in in 2009. You two entered into a civil partnership in 2012, and a year later decided to make it public. That was a very brave thing to do, and you have shown that you are proud of your relationship with Mark, which you should be.
It doesn’t matter what someone’s sexual orientation is or whether they come out about it or not. Your decision to come out about your sexual orientation will show more people that being gay is no big deal. Congratulations on your partnership with Mark Bradshaw and thank you for having enough courage to be open about it to the public.
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