Coming Out in Print


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Michael Feinstein
Issue 664, September 20, 1994
The popular composer-musician answered our very direct questions about his sexuality.

“I don’t think it is necessary for everybody to identify themselves in terms of sexual proclivity because life is so much more than that — even though I understand the need to do that because of the repression and lack of acceptance of the gay world.”

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Janis Ian
Issue 683, June 13, 1995
Following a life she described as full of abuse and doubt, the Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter, later a columnist for The Advocate, officially came out in an interview with fellow musician Melissa Etheridge.

“I was outed in The Village Voice in 1976. I went to bed for a whole day and hid under the covers. It took me a long time to figure out what to do. I had a boyfriend, and then I had a girlfriend. I really fell in love — like boom — the first time when I was 20. She was living with somebody, so I wound up in a ménage à trois. That’s not a good way to discover anything.”

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