Kevin Spacey Criticised for Using Apology to Anthony Rapp to Come Out

Kevin Spacey evaded questions about his sexuality for years, insisting that it was a private matter even as Hollywood gossip surrounded him.

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On Sunday, the celebrated actor, Kevin Spacey, confirmed what had long been whispered: “I choose now to live as a gay man,” he wrote.

But some of those who might have supported him were instead incensed by the implication that his sexuality was relevant to an accusation, reported by BuzzFeed News, that he had made a sexual advance toward a 14-year-old boy 31 years ago. They saw his coming out story as an intentional distraction from the accusation and a damaging conflation of homosexuality and pedophilia.

Kevin Spacey just damaged the LGBTQ community heavily, by coming out publicly in the context of him apologising for sexual advance toward a 14-year-old boy 31 years ago.

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