ANDERSON COOPER SHOULD STILL BE A FRIEND; BUT...
Standards would always be standards.
Among other things that Anderson Cooper said, when he came out of the closet was,
"I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible." (MSN, 7/02/12).
Well, he would be disappointed that, from now on, many people would look at him differently, as watching a leper; as society has not accepted homosexuality as normal.
Talking about equality, there was no difference between himself and anybody else; but the critical component that he was missing, in the big picture, was whether anyone could trust him again.
Trust was the key word here; and if he thought that many people, including many of his friends, would want to be at close quarters or even in the same room, not a hall or an auditorium, but say a hotel suite, alone with him again, he would be deceiving himself.
In many situations, he would not feel comfortable, and so would those, who knew that his sexual habits or preferences were not the same as theirs; and they would shun his company. Not that they were discriminating against him in any way, but that his mindset was the opposite of theirs, as far as they were concerned.
He would have to accept that their morals and inward beliefs were contrary to his, and though, they were physiologically the same as he, they were not psychologically and sociologically compatible or even alike.
One might surmise that some people were born with sexual behavioral tendencies that made them repulsively attractive or for them to become attracted to their own gender; and there were other types as well. However, one did not understand why that should be so; especially when one has been born or raised to accept the notion that opposite sex attracted, while same sex repelled.
That might sound corny (old fashioned) to Anderson Cooper; but that was how many people felt; and because of that, they would never reverse an ideology that they have known all their lives to be the basis of life itself. Meaning that only persons of the opposite sex from each other could indulge in copulation, which would result in procreation; namely, a man and a woman.
We would all agree that sex was not just for having children or starting a family; but it was a fact that having a sexual partner of the same sex would never be looked on as being "normal" by a majority of society. It was an aversion; and that sentiment tend to be a fixed moral standard for a whole lot of people.
He, (Cooper) has taken on an enormous task upon himself, by revealing his sexual identity, and things were not going to be the same again for him from now on. What he should not do, however, was to think that people were prejudiced against him, if he ran into a situation in which he was rebuffed. It would only be that they did not understand him or his sexual orientation.
People were human species; yet, he (Cooper) was one kind of species that did not belong to the general population.
Besides, society has been around for at least ten thousand years; and if it (society) was going to dramatically change on the issue of male-cum-female relationship standardization and embrace a total acceptiveness of sexual diversity without any kind of "demarcation" separating the "species", he should not hold his breath, because that would not happen in another ten thousand years.
Such demarcation would be there to protect the continuum of the human species or race; and any connotation of it would only be speculative. It brought up a profound, cultural divide; a chronic debate or a "wedge issue" of the times; but the fact remained that all humans must learn to live with it.
Anderson Cooper was still a friend; but....