The Amazing Randi: "I'm Gay"
In a brief, thoughtful message, Randi described how much things have changed in his 81 years of life and how proud he is to "stand and fight" next to so many openly gay people in public life.
"From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there's not much 'gay' about being homosexual," he writes. "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."
Randi says we've come a long way:
"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."
Later in the note, he apologizes for using his blog -- usually dedicated to attacking "irrationality, stupidity, and irresponsibility" -- but says "it is my broadest platform."
I'll be in touch with Randi later today and will ask him a few questions about how he's feeling right now.
More to come.