Monday, May 30, 2005


Is it anyone's bidness?

Chicagoist has a bit on Mayor Daley's new Chief of Staff, Ron Huberman In the comments are the following exchange:

WOW! Is Ron Huberman single?
Posted by: Chicago Socialista at May 25, 2005 09:40 AM

I don't know if Ron is single, but I do know that he prefers to date men.
Posted by: Scott K at May 25, 2005 01:09 PM

Ron prefers men? UGH! Good for the men, I guess. *sigh*
Posted by: Chicago Socialista at May 25, 2005 07:29 PM

I have followed his career for a couple of years in the press as they have covered his meteoric rise from Rogers Park beat cop to No. 2 at City Hall. Certainly he is an attractive unmarried young man, but does that mean he's gay? Is it the public's business? While I conditionally support the outing of public figures when they act against the best interests of the GLBT community I don't feel all hunky dory about it. And I definintely don't want folks snooping around the personal life of a appointed offical if there is no case made to suggest its in the public's interest to do so.

I wish Mr. Huberman the best and hope for Chicago's sake he continues to perform as well as he has by all accounts in the past.


On the one hand, speculating on a public figure's sexuality is part & parcel of becoming a public figure in the first place these days. Not to mention, there's nothing wrong with it if he IS a gay. And what a role model to the kids, who these days only see meth addicts and scary AOL trolls among their high-profile gays and/or mayors.

On the other hand ... it's not outing if you don't have any proof! Just because he dates guys doesn't mean he's gay. Maybe he just got tired of paying for dinners?
how about i try sleeping with him. if he says no, he's definitely gay!
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No, it is not anyone's business and such rumors/accusations could make Huberman victim to prejudice. In another world/time he might be out, if indeed he were gay, but not today. Our private lives including our sexuality is our own business and no one elses -public servant/celebrity or not. Huberman has selflessly and well served this city - he could be making quadruple his salary in the private sector - and the details of his law abiding personal life should be beyond the queeny, shrill clutches of some self serving gay activist group. What does Huberman have in common, other than suggested sexuality, with such people anyway?
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