Inspired by Zachary Quinto's casual coming out to New York Magazine, ABC anchor Dan Kloeffler also quietly stepped out of the closet. Inspired by Quinto's story, Kloeffler came out on air during the World News Now show.
The newscaster hadn't acknowledged his sexual orientation on air before and his ex-boyfriend had often chided him for not doing so. He still only put his toe in the water by saying, "He's 34, I'm 35. I'm thinking, I can lose my distraction about dating actors."
Because WNN is a show where you can offer some personality, I had a little fun with the story saying that I would drop my rule against dating actors.
I've never shared that I'm gay on-air, even though I've been out to my family, friends and co-workers for years. In fact, an old boyfriend - now best friend - has always given me a hard time about not doing so. But for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life.
There have been too many tragic endings and too many cases of bullying because of intolerance. As a kid I wanted someone to look up to, someone that could relate to the feelings I was having. Most of all, I wanted to know that it would get better.
And it did.
As a journalist, I don't want to be the story, but as a gay man I don't want to stand silent if I can offer some inspiration or encouragement to kids that might be struggling with who they are.