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Written by James Randi   

Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted.

I’m gay.

From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much “gay” about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style. At no time did I choose to adopt any protective coloration, though; my cultivation of an abundant beard was not at all a deception, but part of my costume as a conjuror.

Gradually, the general attitude that I’d perceived around me began to change, and presently I find that there has emerged a distinctly healthy acceptance of different social styles of living — except, of course, in cultures that live in constant and abject fear of divine retribution for infractions found in the various Holy Books… In another two decades, I’m confident that young people will find themselves in a vastly improved atmosphere of acceptance.

Before publishing this statement, I chose to privately notify a number of my closest friends and colleagues — none of whom, I’m sure, have been at all surprised at this “coming out.” I’m prepared to receive the inevitable barrage of jeers and insults from the “grubbies” out there who will jump to their keyboards in glee to notify others of their kind about this statement, which to them will be yet further proof of the perfidy of the rationalist mode of life that I have chosen. Those titters of joy will be unheard over the murmur of acceptance that I confidently expect from my friends.

This declaration of mine was prompted just last week by seeing an excellent film — starring Sean Penn — that told the story of politician Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. I’m in excellent company: Barney Frank, Oscar Wilde, Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneres, Rachel Maddow, are just a few of those who were in my thoughts as I pressed the key that placed this on Swift and before the whole world…

I should apologize for having used Swift as the venue to publish this note, an item that is hardly the focus of what we promote and publish here, but I chose the single most public asset I have to make this statement. It’s from here that I have attacked irrationality, stupidity, and irresponsibility, and it is my broadest platform. Here is where I have chosen to stand and fight.

And I think that I have already won this battle by simply publishing this statement.

Note: To hear an extensive discussion of this issue, please listen to my appearance on For Good Reason.


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Congrats!
written by bkthorp, March 21, 2010
Congrats, Randi. It must be a helluva thing for somebody born in the 1920s to find himself at a moment in history when declarations such as this one are commonplace and unremarkable. This is a good time to be alive.

- BKT
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Well done!
written by jmccloud, March 21, 2010
Congratulations on coming out, James. I can't wait for the day when such pronouncements are like admitting to preferring Pepsi over Coke. BTW, just to be clear, I prefer Coke. smilies/smiley.gif
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written by wdwrking99, March 21, 2010
Mr. Randi,

You have my support! That is very courageous of you.


Pinoy Heathen
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written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
Can't say I'm particularly surprised; Randi had been single all his life and never been involved with women, so far as I know, even informally. I think many people had suspected it for a long time. I certainly did.

But frankly, it's none of my business. Not so much that Randi's homo-sexuality is none of my business -- it's that nobody's sexuality (apart from that of close family members, etc.) is any of my business.

Kudos to Randi for coming out, though. For someone of his generation it take guts. Then again, guts is something Randi always had.
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Oh, and just to be clear
written by jmccloud, March 21, 2010
My reference to Coke vs. Pepsi is not a euphemism. I see how it could be taken that way, but I was just making a joke. smilies/grin.gif
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This post inspired me to register
written by MadNuke, March 21, 2010
You are an idol of mine, who influenced my mindset profoundly, and I am very happy for you.
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written by Fritriac, March 21, 2010
Thanks FSM, we live in the 21st century! smilies/cool.gif
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One of the few respectable men on the internet
written by stonecypher, March 21, 2010
Mr. Randi, your tireless willingness to take on charlatans and well-meaning dimwits is an ongoing inspiration. I have only two things to say to you, as an octogenarian who has seen much social change in the modern English speaking world.

1) I'm glad you've lived long enough to see a world where a man may be openly gay with little fear.

2) I hope you live long enough to see a world where nobody cares.

Would that more men and women were like you, this world would be a much better place.
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written by Marsh MSS, March 21, 2010
Randi,

Congratulations on having the courage to come out and make so honest and intimate a statement - I'm sure it took real bravery to say, even if it's easier to be open about it these days than it was 20, 40 or 60 years ago. Bravo, truly.

With regards to reception, I can't think of a single person who would read the above and not think 'good for him!'. I'd be surprised if the expected name-calling from your detractors emerges - the world, fortunately and correctly, takes a very dim view of such cheap and offensive shots. I do, however, anticipate a tide of well-wishing to surpass the positive murmur you expected.

Once more, sincerely, congratulations.

Marsh
Merseyside Skeptics Society

(PS - thanks for modelling out 10:23 T Shirt on the Amazing Adventure, I just saw the photo of you with it!)
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written by vox35, March 21, 2010
It makes me sad to see the hardships that my gay friends still have to endure just because of the way they love. There are still a lot of gay teenagers who commit suicide out of shame. Every time a public figure comes out, it helps to lessen the stigma of being gay. You have helped bring us closer to a time when no one will feel ashamed for being gay. Well done, sir. I have admired you since I was a kid; now I admire you even more.
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Well done, Randi!
written by BjartesF, March 21, 2010
Still amazing after all these years smilies/cheesy.gif
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I'm on the verge of tears.
written by Eshto, March 21, 2010
I know it doesn't change the work that you do Randi, but as you might know, when you are gay (which I am) and constantly bombarded with anti-gay messages from stupid politicians and religious leaders, and dumb average Americans, day in and day out, every goddamn day of your life... and then someone you respect very highly comes out... it's so uplifting and encouraging and amazing... my eyes are tearing up right now, no joke.

Thank you Randi.
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written by jnewport, March 21, 2010
Dang...and I was hoping to become the younger woman! smilies/cheesy.gif
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written by Sadhatter, March 21, 2010
Way to go James:

Being bi it is kind of nice to see one of my idols having a bit more in common with me. (besides their worldview, lol) I wish i had more to say, but really your works did more for my high opinion of you than any sexual similarity could.
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written by wackyvorlon, March 21, 2010
I will admit to being shocked, certainly not in a bad way. I am delighted that you are now, finally, free. Further the question of sexual freedom is an extremely important one in my mind. those who are homosexual have gained great ground, but the fight is nowhere near complete. Those who engage in BDSM, for example, still deal with a great deal of prejudice. Twisted Monk, a purveyor of rope for the BDSM community, shares a tragic story of the falling out between himself and his family. No two humans do the same thing the same way. To think that we should all have sex the same way is frankly absurd. Mr. Randi, your refined intellect, humility and lack of affectation have always been an inspiration to me. So too your courage. You will remain among the great pantheon of men like Feynman, Einstein and Tesla in my mind. Hyperbole? Perhaps. But it cannot be disputed that you have left an indelible mark upon mankind.
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Hadn't even considered it...
written by jordanlund, March 21, 2010
One of the other posters mentioned living in a world where these statements are commonplace and unremarkable... I'd like to take that statement one step further...

I'd like to congratulate you on the courage of your statement, but in all honesty I never really considered your sexuality one way or the other. It doesn't really matter to me if you're gay or straight, what you are is a powerful voice for reason when everyone else is yammering on about psychic powers, homeopathy and other such nonsense.

It never once entered my mind to ask the question "I wonder if he's gay?" because, frankly, it doesn't matter to me. In the end I think that's the attitude we're eventually moving toward. Sexual orientation being a mere fact of the matter such as age, skin color, hair color, etc.
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written by Elexina, March 21, 2010
Congratulations on being comfortable and confident enough to get this out there. If anything, this just makes you all the most Amaz!ng, even if it does dash the hopes of many an eager female...

Hurrah!
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Congradulations
written by mcspiff, March 21, 2010

Just registered to say congratulations good sir. Work like yours has done a lot to change attitudes, so I suspect you may have yourself to at least partially thank for creating the social environment where such an announced was possible.

Wishing you all the best,
Chris
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written by Rustylizard, March 21, 2010
“Here is where I’ve chosen to stand and fight.”

No worries, Randi. If you have to fight, it won’t be with anyone who matters.
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written by freelancer, March 21, 2010
Just registered to post that my respect for you, your work, and the people you have inspired with your life has not changed. If anything, it has increased slightly in that I'm proud to live in a world where you feel free and perhaps no longer worried about being open about who you are. I am glad for you, and as always, wish you, the JREF, and all skeptical friends the best. If only we could live and experience a quarter of the things that you have been through, and have accomplished, we would all consider ourselves lucky people.

Cheers,
Nick
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written by Bruno, March 21, 2010
Congratulations & respect.

I see coming out as a way of turning tables. We hide because our way of life is being challenged by "the outside world". We step out and challenge them in turn to look their prejudices in the eye.
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Congratulations
written by Northernskeptic, March 21, 2010
Well done Randi, your coming out will be an inspiration to others who are afraid to do so themselves. Just watch though Sylvia will try to say that she predicted this though.
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written by beowulff, March 21, 2010
I should apologize for having used Swift as the venue to publish this note
No, you shouldn't apologize at all. Not only is it your blog, there is no rational reason whatsoever to be against homosexuality. This should make it a perfectly appropriate subject to talk about on Swift.

I'm glad you finally feel free enough to no longer have to hide being gay, congratulations.
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written by Ganymede Ceriaptrix, March 21, 2010
I feel deeply, and viscerally, moved.

For once, my usually lugubrious prose fails me. Yes, I too am a gay skeptic; but moreover, became a skeptic largely due to Randi's inspiration. Randi, with Carl Sagan (particularly Demon-Haunted World), were the two mighty influences. That inspiration was what made me question the religious background that had tried to indoctrinate me into remaining silent about my sexuality. It is thus partly due to Randi that I am overt about my sexuality now. Hence, now, I write these words so moved.

Randi has my sincerest admiration for his courage; for those who display that courage inspire others not to stay incarcerated in silence and pretence. So too, also, does that courage give rise to setting oneself free. What Oscar Wilde wrote to Lord Alfred Douglas on his release from Reading Gaol is perhaps just as applicable to our quest for rationality as skeptics: "Yes, we shall win in the end; but the road will be long and red with monstrous martyrdoms."

Today, Randi has not only shown himself a person of strength, but has helped two great journeys on two great roads that travel a common route: those roads of equality, and criticial thinking, respectively.
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Congratulations, Randi!
written by Fernanda T, March 21, 2010
I hope gay marriage becomes legal in Florida very soon so you can finally marry your partner.

Best wishes!
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With the number of people coming out nowadays...
written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
So, it's official:

Randi's a gay Canadian.

OH, HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE'S A LUMBERJACK AND...

(Runs away)
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Well done.
written by Anjow, March 21, 2010
Good on you. Well done for having the courage to just be who you are and not feel the need to hide. You continue to be an inspiration and a beacon of light in the mire of ignorance.
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written by C4llum, March 21, 2010
You've got all my support. You took me by surprise, but to be honest, with no real consequences because i won't think of you differently.
Courage.
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written by Tawil, March 21, 2010
You and your work has been and will be a great inspiration in my life and way of thinking. Your whole life fighting against obscurantism and for a world free of hatred engendered by ignorance, irrationality and religious fanaticism have been an example for me. Coming out is just another of your acts of courage. Thanks Randi, wholeheartedly.
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written by paperskater, March 21, 2010
No wonder you were shunning my advances last week on the cruise... smilies/wink.gif

In all seriousness, your post makes me respect you even more. I admire the courage it must have taken to post it. Well done, Mr. Randi.

See you at TAM9!
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Thank you!
written by Josh111485, March 21, 2010
Thanks Randi for being so honest about who you are as a human being! On my short list of roll models you're at the top. I aspire to be as smart and as brilliant a skeptic as you are.
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written by Steve Packard, March 21, 2010
While I appreciate that Mr. Randi has decided to come out and be more honest about who he is, I really hope that this isn't made too big an issue of. I mean, it does not really change anything and it certainly is not a revelation that should have any consequence to anything the JREF does or any of the members and supporters.

I don't think of James Randi as a gay man who is a great skeptic. He's a great skeptic who also happens to be gay. In other words, it's not his defining characteristic - it shouldn't be made into a central issue or anything. I'm sure some detractors will try, but really whatever his private relations and sexual orientation are in his private life have zero baring on his continued efforts to encourage science and skepticism.

Also, for the record, I prefer Coca-Cola and the ladies.

(And to the ladies: if you're finding yourself confused and at a loss because you had been fantasizing about the day you'd be the younger lady on Randy's arm and now are unsure what to do without that fantasy, let me point out that I'm straight and single, and I might not be Randi, but I am a Skeptic and I can grow a beard if that will help.)
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I don't care.
written by fracture98, March 21, 2010
I don't care. In the best possible way. When it comes to me being a fan of you, what you do, your tireless efforts, and this great organization, your sexuality is irrelevant to me.

Thanks for everything.
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Brilliant
written by SkepChuck, March 21, 2010
You truly are The Amazing Randi. As a gentleman of a certain age it must have been a difficult decision, especially in your field of endeavor. I respect you even more than in the past.

Thank you

Truth is always the strongest argument. -Sophocles
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written by Damn-Deal-Done, March 21, 2010
"I’m in excellent company: Barney Frank, Oscar Wilde, Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneris, Rachel Maddow, are just a few of those who were in my thoughts as I pressed the key that placed this on Swift and before the whole world…"


In good company with Derren Brown too. Matters not, you still and always will rule.
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Congrats
written by RedBean, March 21, 2010
I only wish you'd never felt like it was something you needed to hide. How terrible.
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Sophia
written by bigjohn756, March 21, 2010
As have several others commenting here, I felt very confident as of a few years ago that you were gay. Coming out must have been difficult for you, so, congratulations on your courage to do so. But, now what is Sophia going to say when you come calling?
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It's been said so many ways already, but...
written by IvyMcAllister, March 21, 2010
Go, you. smilies/smiley.gif

Enjoy the sunshine.
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Good for you, James Randi!!!
written by jssherrard, March 21, 2010
Yeay! Good for you, James Randi!!!

Congratulations on coming out and thank you for sharing your life openly with the world! Each person that lives openly and honestly helps to create a society in which others can more easily do the same. You have done a wonderful thing...

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written by Praedico, March 21, 2010
Congratulations on coming out, Randi!
Much as I think a person's sexuality is none of my business, I applaud anyone who chooses to publicly come out as gay. People shouldn't have to hide who they really are, and I suspect that each public personality that comes out makes it that little bit easier for the average person to gather to courage to come out themselves.
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Fabulous!
written by Steven Rhodes, March 21, 2010
As many of us gay men sometimes say!

I do wish it had been sooner, but oh well!
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written by MonEsVol, March 21, 2010
I'm one of those who just registered to congratulate you and thank you. As a young "gay" man my life has been, probably, easier than yours at this respect and, hopefully, harder than the one of gays that are to come. Acts like yours will surely represent a positive precendent that will help others to come out and shout out the world that there is nothing wrong in the way they are.

PS. I'm sorry for my English, since it is not my mother tongue.
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written by peepe, March 21, 2010
I respect you even more now.

You've problem crushed the hopes of a few women with this announcement.
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written by fraschtastic, March 21, 2010
Randi - When I think of the courage it took to push the "post" button my admiration for you grew immeasurably. I remember what it was like announcing to my world I was no longer the perfect pastor's wife - I was an atheist. I hope for you it will be as freeing and as exhilarating as it was for me after the dust settles.
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Welcome to the club!
written by sdlorimor, March 21, 2010
Congratulations on your coming out. I'm 38 years now, and first learned of your work at age 12 reading an issue of Dynamite (a kid's magazine) in the 1980's. I still remember the article -- it was about your million dollar challenge (or whatever it was worth back then). The magazine mentioned an incident in which you opened a letter from someone wanting to claim the prize because they allegedly could change the channels on their television set with their mind. You used a stamp that said "See your doctor" on their letter and sent it back. Such style and humor impressed me, and I have tried to incorporate it in my life over the years.

I began coming out as being gay in 1986 at age 15. I came out to my friends by age 16, and was out to my parents (by accident) the same year. Out to my school by age 18 (that didn't go so well), and was out at college by day one.

Being gay is much of what made me a skeptic (along with my respect for your work as described in that article). I have experienced first-hand abuse at the hands of those that embrace irrational social prejudices over logic and rational thought. My favorite incident: when a college acquaintance and Bible-thumper told me I was going to hell because the Bible said so... only to open his Bible and discover that the version didn't use the word "homosexual" in a specific passage, but rather than translated the passages as "transvestite". "Well, this one's wrong," he said, and reached for a different Bible. I laughed in his face and walked away.

It has always been my belief that the solution to many of the world's problems lies in the adoption and practice of rationality, skepticism, and logic. My husband (technically "civil union partner") believes the same way. So when we adopted a baby boy last summer, we pledged to raise him so that he will always keep an open mind to the world's possibilities, but won't irrationally take on beliefs without considering "why" first. We joked that we wanted to have him baptised at the local science center.

So know that your views have helped mold mine over the years, and now they are being passed on to the next generation. For me, being gay is a key component of what makes me a skeptic. I suspect it is the same way for you. So I congratulate you on coming out and influencing future generations even more than you have done so already.

Oh, and I'll make sure your "gay membership card" is up to date and get to work on sending the free toaster your way.
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written by paul.dorman, March 21, 2010
Randi you've been a wonderful asset to this world for your entire life. I am so very happy that you at last feel you can be open and truthful about this important aspect of yourself. I hope it proves to be a wonderful experience for you, and that your life is richer for it. Well done! And back to work!
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written by MadScientist, March 21, 2010
One of the numerous reasons I had always rejected religion even as a child was that the priests spewed such nonsense, including a ridiculous hatred of homosexuals. I couldn't see how my uncle or any number of my neighbors were supposed to be such evil people as the church claimed they were, so I decided that the church officials were lying. Of course once a person decides that church officials are liars, it really doesn't take much effort at all to uncover all the other lies. To put a spin on a church lie (and transform it into the truth): Believing is just the beginning of damnation.
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Long time fan, simply had to create an account today
written by mtuffli, March 21, 2010
I don't know what to say...

Consider this a general proclamation of support!
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A Great Show of Courage
written by strubie, March 21, 2010
Randi, it may be 2010, but I think it still takes a lot of courage to out oneself as gay. I commend you for your openness and honesty. You have always been an inspiration to me and I wade through a sea of information trying to weed out the sensible from the nonsense, and you will continue to be. I'm confident that your openness will only attract more people to use the light of reason to find their way. Thank you so much for all you do. I wish you all the best in both your personal and professional life.
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Good on you!
written by NivekCo, March 21, 2010
It's funny. Just last night I was wishing someone important in my life was gay so I could demonstrate to myself how it's not an issue.

I think your life's work and this declaration, will inspire others to help make sexuality the non-issue it really is.
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written by collie, March 21, 2010
Welcome!

I'm so sorry to hear this is something that's brought you unhappiness in the past, and I do hope that now you don't have to keep it secret anymore, you'll begin to see the things that are not just acceptable, but wonderful -- yes, wonderful -- about being gay.

If anyone were to suggest being gay makes you a poor skeptic, they're far off the mark. On the contrary, we GLBT people have no choice but to learn to think critically about the world around us from an early age, because all too often it is a world that says we don't or shouldn't exist. To survive, we must realize the falseness of that and reject it.
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written by peterpops, March 21, 2010
I've long been an admirer of Mr. Randi and his sexuality has never crossed my mind.This is the first time that I have written on this site despite being a frequent viewer. As a straight man it never fails to amaze me that gay people are still reviled in some quarters,usually by ignorant people who believe that the main reason for their religious tomes is for the continued persecution of people who have as much influence on their sexuality as their eye colour. I look forward to the day when people are accepted for who they are and not what their sexual disposition may be.Mr.Randi will no doubt come under attack from some quarters but I'm certain he'll live with this!!
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written by jay.tarnoff, March 21, 2010
Randi,

We accept you regardless of your sexuality! It in no way affects my respect for you and the work you have done!

Jay
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written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
>>>>>>>> I’m prepared to receive the inevitable barrage of jeers and insults from the “grubbies” out there who will jump to their keyboards in glee to notify others of their kind about this statement, which to them will be yet further proof of the perfidy of the rationalist mode of life that I have chosen.

Dear Mr. Randi:

I think it'll be the other way around. They won't think being a rationalist made you gay. They will say being gay made you "turn rationalist" so that you could justify your sinful life, so that's yet more proof the only reason people are atheists is because God had hardened their, ahem, heart, and they're just looking for an excuse to sin.
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written by kendersrule, March 21, 2010
Why would someone jeer at you? It would be like taking the micky out of someone because they don't like marmite.

I can understand how this is a big deal for you, but I can't empathise: I'm 27 and throughout my life I've never seen anyone be prejudiced towards another human being for their sexual preference (except in works of fiction). I'm quite proud of that really smilies/smiley.gif (And I'm a suspicious beehatch, so I would notice!)

Oh, and I'm bi, greedy ftw!
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Gay AND Canadian?
written by JWideman, March 21, 2010
Have you tried not being Canadian?

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Thank you, sit
written by Smartypants, March 21, 2010
As a credulous young teenager back in the 1970s, enamored of Uri Geller, Erich van Daniken and Hal Lindsay, it was literally a life-changing experience to discover The Amazing Randi. You helped teach me to be a thoughtful skeptic. A few years later, this may well have saved my life when the Catholic faith in which I was raised became a source of torment as I began to realize I was gay.

At the time it was close balance between suicidal despair and self-acceptance. In large part thanks to the habits of critical thinking learned from you and some excellent high school science and English teachers, I was able to examine the various sources of religious and cultural homophobia and ultimately reject them. Two decades later life is good. I consider myself a successful, healthy and openly gay man with a happy life generally free of religious cant and the myriad forms of hokum that pervade modern life. Thank you, sir, for being a beacon of sanity and clear thought for all. And thank you too for coming out and sharing another aspect of your life.
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written by phlebas, March 21, 2010
Oh, thank god. I thought you were going to say you were Canadian.

Seriously, congrats! It's got to feel good to be able to say it.
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Congratulations! Felicitations! Fabulosi...um...fications! Bravo!
written by mslongjr, March 21, 2010
Please allow me to pile on with the well-wishing. But be careful: if you get any more splendid there won't be enough splendiferousness left over for the rest of us!

Cheers!
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written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
>>>>>>>>I've long been an admirer of Mr. Randi and his sexuality has never crossed my mind.

I must say it did cross my mind -- considering Randi's age, his being single all his life, and never mentioning any wife or children even fleetingly (except for one reference to a "stepson" in "Flim Flam!", so far as I can tell).

It just didn't matter. Again, this is not due to trying my best to not be homophobic, but simply this being none of my business. I mean, how often do I think of, say, who Dawkins or Shermer or Harriet Hall (the "Skeptdoc") are sleeping with?

Never, that's how often.
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You're going to hate me for this...
written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
We now finally know how Randi was able to resist Sylvia Browne's feminine charms!

(Told you you'd hate me for this...)
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written by Kitty, March 21, 2010
Randi, gay or ungay, we always love you. I remember thinking over the years, as I certainly had found out a bit ago you were gay, how wonderfully respectful people were of your privacy and your choice to tell or not tell. A big hug, and ofcourse, this public declaration does not mean you can stop flirting with me when you take a photograph with me. ("This doesnt mean we are compromised does it?"). Now get back to your book! I want to read it!
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I have always considered you a role model and followed your work with delight
written by rantler, March 21, 2010
I too am a decidedly non-"gay" homosexual (or homosexualist as Gore Vidal likes to say) and as an atheist and skeptic, I have followed your work in debunking and skepticism since well before the Yuri Geller fiasco -- you are one of my favorite role models.

Congratulations on finding the courage to come out in such a public venue (it took me over 25 years)!
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written by Lollerich, March 21, 2010
I have registered this account just now, for the sole purpose of telling you, that you are awesome.
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Bravo!
written by davidrf, March 21, 2010
Congratulations on taking the bold step of publicly acknowledging who you are. Good for you!
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Just another facet of your life that....
written by KRL, March 21, 2010
demonstrates why you are, and always will be, THE AMAZING RANDI!
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written by elbuho, March 21, 2010
Congratulations, and well done on amazing the world once again!
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written by ruthanng, March 21, 2010
I'm a long time fan who grew up listening to your show on WOR in NY. Congratulations on coming out! I am happy for you! Well done!!

Best,
Ruthann
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written by Magnifica, March 21, 2010
We love you Randi! If you ever get the itch to tie the knot, you have a place to stay in New Hampshire.

BTW I'm proud to carry your face on my credit card. It makes me smile every time I pay for something smilies/smiley.gif
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written by cortesi, March 21, 2010
From a long-time fan and first-time poster on your site - thank you! Every time an eminent person like you comes out, the world becomes a better place for countless men and women. After years of fearless public service you must have a hide as thick as a rhinoceros - so I'm sure you'll handle the screeches of outrage from the bigoted nitwits you've opposed for so long just fine.
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What's the problem?
written by Twm Sion Cati, March 21, 2010
My first thought when I read your comment was why you found it difficult to make the statement and why it should have bothered you in the first place. I can't see why it makes any difference to anyone what your sexuality is and I thought such worries were things of the distant past. Then reading the other comments it seems most people thought it took courage and the statement is a big deal.

I am not gay but my brother is and so are many of my friends and their sexuality is only ever an issue when involved with bigots or idiots (probably the same thing really).

I can only assume that the culture in the UK is different.

Keep up the good work and don't let it bother you. The ones who should be bothered are those who have a problem with homosexuality.
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written by MichelleZB, March 21, 2010
Just signed up to say congrats on coming out, Mr. Randi--and thanks for all the great work you do!

Truly, the best coming-out story since Dumbledore.
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written by jserrano, March 21, 2010
I am one of the "silent listeners" of your blog but i had to register if only to tell you how much I appreciate your honesty. It is tough to be different but as you say, times are changing and I believe the world is becoming more tolerant. Thanks for sharing this with us Randi.
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Relevant "Onion" Headline
written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
>>>>>>>>Oh, thank god. I thought you were going to say you were Canadian.

"Gay man Tearfully Admits to Being Governor of New Jersey" -- "The Online" headline when Gov. Jim McGreevey openly declared he was gay and admitted having an affair with a man.
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written by czarina flo g, March 21, 2010
Congratulations, Mr. Randi, for sharing with the world who you are! Your legion of fans who respect you so much have one more reason to respect you! ♥ I'm sure this was an emotional interlude for you; but tomorrow please go back to kicking pseudoscientific and paranormal ass!!!
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written by kuberar, March 21, 2010
I read one of your books about forty years ago and ever since followed your career and lived as a skeptic. Good for you I guess. I never gave your sexuality a thought. I don't really care.
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Congrats!
written by explodingalice, March 21, 2010
Randi, I'm so happy you've reached the comfort level where you can share this. I couldn't have imagined a way I could have more respect and admiration for you, but you managed to find one! Thanks for continuing to be a role model.
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written by Alison, March 21, 2010
Yay! Congratulations! And Welcome out. You have always been a hero of mine for being a voice for science and reason over superstition and irrationality. Now you are an even bigger hero.

I came out at work 2 years ago at the age of 44. It is easier but still not always easy. It's a big deal, but also no big deal. But that little sense of being free to say who you are is priceless.

You have made my day and did you ever thing telling the truth about yourself could do that for someone else?

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written by xinit, March 21, 2010
I'm happy that you're comfortable with yourself, and you're able to speak openly and honestly. I expect that many people will have a reaction like I did when I heard; "Oh, Randi is bald gay... so what?" It doesn't matter to me how someone is wired.

The only real question I have after hearing your views on marriage and civil unions (and the fact that you've been in a long term relationship)... is... after last year's big event at TAM, are gay marriages legal in Vegas...? smilies/grin.gif
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written by wui, March 21, 2010
What an amazing load off your chest eh? Must be a great feeling Mr Randi. I am very happy for you.

Best wishes from a tiny island in South East Asia. smilies/wink.gif

And hopefully we'll meet again.
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Love
written by jeffcrowe, March 21, 2010
Much love Randi. Toward a day when nobody bothers to wonder.
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Congratulations!
written by FloydA, March 21, 2010
I've been a fan for a long time, but had never been moved to create an account until now. I registered today just to congratulate you (and to thank you, belatedly, for all the work you do).
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written by Steel Rat, March 21, 2010
I'd like to congratulate you on the courage of your statement, but in all honesty I never really considered your sexuality one way or the other. It doesn't really matter to me if you're gay or straight, what you are is a powerful voice for reason when everyone else is yammering on about psychic powers, homeopathy and other such nonsense.


Couldn't have said it better.

Here's to James Randi! Human Extraordinaire! smilies/cheesy.gif
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Congratulations!
written by primowalker, March 21, 2010
As long as you are happy with your decision, that is what is most important. It is a good thing for the skeptical community as well. Diversity is always a plus, and I think showing the world that sexual orientation doesn't, and shouldn't matter is important. I think that the only people who will have an issue with it are those who are intolerant and credulous anyway, and nothing we say or do will change them one way or the other.
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Like many others...
written by ksweeney, March 21, 2010
I registered just so that I can add my hearty "hoorah!" to the chorus of them here. I hope that you find life even more joyful, having relieved yourself of the burden of hiding a part of who you are.
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written by rickps, March 21, 2010
Well done, sir. That took courage, which you have in abundance.
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written by Soapy Sam, March 21, 2010
I just hope I still have a sexual orientation when I'm 81.

Congratulations on the official come out, Mr.R.

Interesting to see how the entire JREF organisation is fragmenting and exploding under the shock and stress of this announcemen...

...sorry. Dozed off there for a moment. Where was I? Oh, yeah- Kewl. Next?
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Million dollar challenge possibility?
written by Steve Packard, March 21, 2010
You do realize that there are some who believe that they can turn a person straight through prayer or exorcising the gay demons.

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You do realize that there are some who believe that they can turn a person straight through prayer or exorcising the gay demons.


I suspect that there will be at least one application for the MDP that will try to draft Randi as guinea pig.
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written by Fnord, March 21, 2010
Best wishes for you, Mr. Randi!

(What is a "Grubbie"?)

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written by bookitty, March 21, 2010
And I think that I have already won this battle by simply publishing this statement.

Congratulations on your victory, sir. Your courage and honesty continues to be an inspiration.

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written by Platypus, March 21, 2010
Like several posters above I registered to write this comment.

Wow! I never saw this one coming...

Big thumbs up for coming out, Randi. Any of us that have been through this (whatever it is you're coming out for) will know it can be a hard thing to do. It shows your strength and courage.

There are plenty of people out there who have yet to take this step and people like you show it's possible and liberating. I'm sure (from all i have read on here) you're getting lots of support and deservedly so.

Apart from being a wonderful sceptical rolemodel - for me - you're now also another gay/homosexual/queer rolemodel...and that's not a bad thing at all.

All the best. I am truly happy for you.
Mx
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Yep, me too
written by BigRuta, March 21, 2010
Just created this account so I could comment. I have admired James Randi for years. He always struck me as a very honest and upfront person. This announcement simply increases my admiration. Thanks for all you, the JREF and all skeptics and rational thinkers and humanists have done and will continue to do in the defense of reality and humanity. Happy birthday smilies/wink.gif
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written by monochromance, March 21, 2010
Mr. Randi,

I registered an account just so I could tell you congratulations! This will no doubt empower others to not be afraid to be themselves. I can't tell you how happy I am for you smilies/smiley.gif

My family and I love the work you have done, and, of course, you have our support. Also, thank you for being a firm voice of reason.
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written by Nocturno, March 21, 2010
Dear James,

Some of us knew for a long time, but found it obviously irrelevant. It is irrelevant. It is sad that people have suffered because of who they love and we care so little about those who enjoy who they hate. The world has changed a lot so you can say this and find it will not harm you. And the change in this world is in part thanks to the work of rationalists, humanists and politically incorrect modern-day Socrates such as you. Thanks again for that journey and devotion to instill some reason, some compassion, some light and some real tolerance in all this world. Your pride, your friends, your work, are your triumph and an inspiration to forge ahead.

Mauricio-José Schwarz
Mexico/Spain

(Greetings from Randi, the Teleplastic Cat)
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It's a damn shame
written by Marley, March 21, 2010
It's a shame you had to wait this long before you were able to say (or write) this publicly.

Along with all the other benefits of living your life the way you feel is right, you get what a friend calls an "asshole detector". This is when you find out who your friends really are, and you get the opportunity to jettison the rest. Bravo, and enjoy.
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You have a champion here, too...
written by Radwaste, March 21, 2010
Sir,
Always too addled by women to make sense in their presence, I was taught first hand, by a once dear and close friend, possibly the smartest person I know, of the struggle for identity you have fought, in your own way, these many years. I know and can prove that your orientation is not a choice, and I will cheerfully stamp on the misconception anyone may have on that account.
As has George Takei, as a public figure your accomplishments should shout to the world, here is a serious man, one carrying more than his share of the burden of citizenship!

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But I worry, still. Purges are cyclic. In history, we see that societies who considered themselves the pinnacle of human achievement have fallen to ignorant masses. I know you are an asset to us all, but far too many think otherwise to guarantee future peace.

I hope you can attend DragonCon this year. You'll get cheers from me first, and as usual, for leading reasonable people, but I'll tell you in person as I do here you have my respect, your due.
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Wow
written by veeRoods, March 21, 2010
Sounds pretty reasonable to me dude.

Lou
www.web-invisibility.at.tc
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You are bold!
written by TeddyRooseveltBestPres, March 21, 2010
If we stand idly by, if we seek merely swollen, slothful ease and ignoble peace, if we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at hazard of their lives and at the risk of all they hold dear, then the bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by, and will win for themselves the domination of the world.
- Teddy Roosevelt
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It must be good..
written by devilschord, March 21, 2010
I think it must be good that I read this announcement and thought, "'eh," and was slightly disappointed he wasn't sharing some new skeptical insight. This is great for him, but I am no longer surpised by announcements like this, and am certainly not offended in any way! Good luck, Randi!
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Does everything you do have to be so freakin' inspirational?
written by ContainsCaffeine, March 21, 2010
Cause you're making the rest of us look bad smilies/wink.gif

Love you Randi. You rock.
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written by joel_sweden, March 21, 2010
I read this news on another blog and I just had to register here to post my thoughts on this. It's really quite simple.
My first reaction upon reading this was and remains; Wow, now I have a homosexual role model smilies/grin.gif
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You're a Better Man Than I Am
written by GusGus, March 21, 2010
I congratulate you on you fortitude to "come out". I haven't had the guts to come out as an atheist - just hinted around some. I therefore have a SMALL inkling of what you have gone through over the years. It SHOULDN'T make any difference, but I hope that your revelation WILL HAVE NO effect on your good works. There are many good people who wish you the best.
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written by hancockd, March 21, 2010
Dear Mr Randi,

Well played sir.

You have been a great inspiration to me, and long may you continue to be so. I wish you every success in the future.

Fond regards,

Dr David Hancock.
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Completely blown away
written by Xezlec, March 21, 2010
I've been a fan for years and never had any idea. Congratulations on coming out! But just out of curiosity, why did you wait so long?
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written by virtualbri, March 21, 2010
It doesn't change the man I respect and admire, but I still had to register and comment.

It's a courageous thing you've done, and I look forward to a day when it's irrelevant to us all.

Keep fighting the good fight for reason, and I wish you the best!
--Brian

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Can I be...
written by Tressa, March 21, 2010
...your honorary younger woman?
Love you always Randi!
Tressa
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No coke or pepsi at TAM!
written by MakeChessNotWar, March 21, 2010
I'm diabetic, either one cen kill me. Randi is not a poison, he is a cure, so get a better metaphor.

I'll be at Tam in physical form, but I'll be competing in as professional; international chess competition at the same hotel at the same time. I hope to get a chance to meet Randi there.

As a political activist on equality issues I welcome Randi to the list of great Americans from the huge community of gays. It isw not important, but serves to remind us that the community of great Americans is well-populated by gays and other communities that have been oppressed for so long.

The times, they are a'changin.
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Extraordinary claims
written by ladlestein, March 21, 2010
Surely Mr. Randi doesn't expect us to believe his claim without evidence to back it up. He could be just another one of those charlatans who purports to be gay in order to bilk working people out of their hard-earned dollars! And why not? There is no doubt that these...fabulous!...claims will be subjected to only the most casual level of scrutiny by the various media outlets that cater to a wide audience, one full of gullible souls, eager to believe in a world of truly tasteful interiors and bottomless mimosas at brunch.

Therefore I have decided to found an organization that will offer a prize to anyone who can bring us conclusive proof of James Randi's homosexuality. Although it is highly unlikely that any such evidence will ever arise, I have already laid the groundwork for this organization, the Committee Seeking Information Corroborating Outrageous Predilections of James Randi (CSICOP, JR.), that will maintain funding for the prize, and establish a committee to assess any claims offered in its pursuit.

When I first conceived of CSICOP JR, I expected to lead the committee myself, but I have since decided that I am not up to the task, as a life building computer software has left me unable to conclusively differentiate truth from falsehood, and also, I've never kissed a dude on the lips. So obviously I'm out. The question of who to trust with the responsibility has then weighed heavily upon my mind, eating away at me, since just after I finished lunch today.

And so I am elated to announce that in this dark half-hour or so, I have contacted and reached an agreement with a man I can trust to serve as the primary investigator for this endeavor. I am speaking of course about James Randi, a.k.a. The Amazing Randi. If there's anyone we can trust to dispassionately analyze the evidence, it is Mr. Randi. His years of service to the skeptical community. His legendary and august facial here. And I hear he's gay!

Larry Edelstein

P.S. I can't BELIEVE I'm the first person to make this joke...
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written by Lollerich, March 21, 2010

I have registered this account just now, for the sole purpose of telling you, that you are awesome.


Yeah, what he (or she) said!

And also? I am a graduate student in nursing with a focus on education and multicultural sociology. I believe very strongly in the importance of each person being able to bring his or her "whole self" to work, to school, to the family, and to the community.

I'm glad you've decided to share your whole self with us; and we're celebrating with you!

Closets are for clothes smilies/grin.gif
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written by czarina flo g, March 21, 2010
larry: the best comment yet!
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written by golabek, March 21, 2010
If I was gay...I'd be looking you up! smilies/grin.gif
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Welcome to a larger world
written by godofbiscuits, March 21, 2010
When a secret becomes words and hits the air it transforms into something entirely different.

There are things we just know to be true before we have the science to back them up. You feel it now, I'm sure, the Difference, even though you're sure that none of your friends were at all surprised. No one's image of you was changed and yet the Difference for you is still there.

Congratulations, Sir.

It took me until I was 28 to come out (I am now almost 46), and there couldn't be a starker Before and After. I'm more Myself. For my own sake on my own terms. It's the only way you can vanquish the agoraphobia of living.

Welcome to the larger world.
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Your gay, I'm happy.
written by gpholman, March 21, 2010
What next for the JREF?

Phil Plait: "I'm psychic."

Harriet Hall: "I'm homeopathic."

Mr Randi, you are a remarkable and inspiring man.

Grant

p.s. get a move on with your new book!



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typo Embarrassment
written by gpholman, March 21, 2010
Would you believe that some people don't know the difference between "your" and "you're". *tut*
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gpholman, maybe it was Freudian?
written by godofbiscuits, March 21, 2010
Grant,

Maybe you were just hoping that Mr. Randi has a gay of his own!

I certainly hope he does!

Love is a magical thing (yes, I know what I'm saying and where I'm saying it smilies/wink.gif

Jeff
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A new meaning to "And now for my next trick" : p
written by TerrWill, March 21, 2010
I have to re-use that comment I made on Queerty, Hoping most will know the refernce.........I give you tremendous kudos for your brave decision. You could have simply gone about your life and never made the declaration. Very few of your generation have the courage to do so. I am very proud to have you as a declared member of our tremendous community. I am amazed that I don't see any persons making negative comments on your coming out on these posts.........

Now maybe you can use some of your magic to make the Gay haters disappear......... : p

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written by neal@gafter.com, March 21, 2010
Congratulations for living in a world where you don't have to hide who you are.

On the other hand, its unfortunate that "news" like this should still be noteworthy. I don't follow your work because of your sexual orientation, and I never wondered about it before.
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As a gay man myself, to all the supportive commenters....
written by godofbiscuits, March 21, 2010
I'm in no way trying to take attention away from Mr. Randi when I say this, but I feel like it should be said. For perspective.

There are a lot of places on the internet where the comments section is a wreck when someone comes out. And the longer the comments section, the likelihood of it turning into a big mess of bashing and defending goes up geometrically.

It's a testament to Mr. Randi and to all of you (I'm new here) that the comments are both supportive and of a "taken in stride" sort both at the same time. I know that sounds paradoxical, just as many think that "Gay Pride" is superfluous or culturally clinquant, but well....

You all are great. Mr. Randi is lucky to have such a following. And I'm glad to have found this site.
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written by Skeptwich, March 21, 2010
I'm glad your finally out, I am a little surprised that your only just now coming out as gay though... Congrats on coming outsmilies/smiley.gif

P.S. how could you forget Alan Turing?
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written by TomDac, March 21, 2010
Just another reason to love you!!! Congrats, Randi! We hope to see you at the LGBT table at Tam 8. :-)
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written by SonOfScience, March 21, 2010
You're right, Mr. Randi. We don't care. You're still the same James Randi, and your Foundation is and will be the same. Please keep up the good work, and have a great week.
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Very interesting...
written by Alencon, March 21, 2010
Congrats. I'll bet the sunlight feels damn good. By the way, I think Swift was the perfect place for the announcement.
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Eternal Controller
written by eternalcontrol, March 21, 2010
For my entire life I've had to listen to, and respond to, people who say to me "your left handed!/?" when they see me write or draw. The world is truly filled with common thinking people. It is like I'm some type of sinister person for not having a dexterous left hand. I feel as though some people don't trust me for not having a big sign on my forehead warning them in advance that I can strike them from a direction other than they anticipated. "You're left handed?, huh?. You don't look left handed. Prove it". My favorite response now is "You're an animal?, you didn't look like one before, but now I can see you really are". That being off my chest, I must say that living your life without a female companion is a clue not to be taken lightly. And keeping your wallet in you left rear pocket is a Sherlock clue.
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WAIT A MINUTE!!!
written by Alencon, March 21, 2010
Has anyone ever seen Randi and Dumbledore together? Both bearded, both magicians and both gay. AHA, your secret identity has been revealed!
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written by mmstony9@bellsouth.net, March 21, 2010
Greetings Mr. Randi:
This is often a cold, cruel world - and when adults can find love and happiness together - it's a beautiful thing and should be celebrated as such.
Once I became a 'grown up' adult, it became clear that it's not what goes on between another person's legs that counts - but rather what is going on between their ears (in their brains).
And Mr. Randi - you've got the brains.
Congrats on coming out!
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Eternal Controller
written by eternalcontrol, March 21, 2010
Every time I post a comment, even after proof reading it several times, I always find that one mistake. I meant to say;

"It is like I'm some type of sinister person for having a dexterous left hand."

I hope everyone gets the gag about the difference between sinister and dexterous. if not, sinister is left handed and dexter is right handed.
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written by Roadtoad, March 21, 2010
Randi, at risk of coming across as a smart-ass: What's the announcement?

In all honesty, the only thing different is that you're now out of the closet. You haven't changed, but the public perception of a few cowards probably will.

Hey, the hell with 'em.

So, what's important here? I'm having to assume you came out for a reason. Whatever it was, it had to be significant, given the fact that over the years, your private life has been just that: a private life. That should be respected in and of itself, just on the basis of simple decency. My own sense of this is that it had to have been something significant.

Hopefully, people will recognize your courage for this, rather than waste their breath taking you to task for it. In a day and age when it still takes some serious courage to come out, you've demonstrated a major pair of cojones. There's a lesson in this for those willing to learn from it.

Best to you, Sir.
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written by FirstTimeCaller, March 21, 2010
that it took so long for you to feel comfortable to publicly admit this. Hopefully, future generations will not feel as great a stigma in this regards.

P.S. Does this mean you are giving up your dibs on Sophia Loren?
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written by Nebrox, March 21, 2010
Mr. Randi,

I registered just so that I could write this note. You have always been a personal hero of mine and I wanted to congratulate and thank you for doing this. Something tells me your life's work has only begun...

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written by Ibn Rawandi, March 21, 2010
Congrats! I have so much admiration for you. You're a role model, a hero, and champion of science. You've inspired my thoughts. *I teared up*

Peace,
Ibn
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written by NoDeity, March 21, 2010
I hadn't suspected it and, now that I know, it doesn't make a difference to me one way or another. I expect that Mr. Randi must feel a little better for having got rid of the secret, though, and I wish him well. May he have many more years to live without having to keep that aspect of himself hidden.
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Congrats
written by scottieseattle, March 21, 2010
Thank you for joining the ranks of out public figures. Your courage and strength are admirable. Cheers!
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A major accomplishent
written by Smiledriver, March 21, 2010
141 comments and only on troll. Simply amazing.

In all seriousness congratulations sir.
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written by Rand503, March 21, 2010
Allow me to add my name to the growing chorus of gay people who were already inspired by your clear thinking and sound logic.

When I was young, I was a Catholic and I knew I was gay, but I also knew what the church and God thought of me. So I hid it, avoided it, tried to be straight, all of which eventually ended in failure, as it must. I was suppressing a very vital part of me. But I do remember the tv shows of the Amazing Randi, and your skepticism gave me the courage to look at religion and see its lies. Of course, I always knew there were parts that didn't make sense, but you learn in CCD to shrug off the questions, don't ask them, and accept whatever the priest or nun tells. But it's a little harder to shrug off your sexual attractions.

And so I started asking myself questions, and that led me to believe it's all just one fairy tale, and not a nice one at that. And once you break through the lies, the whole thing crumbles. It's a thrilling experience, and once you do it, you won't be fooled again. Our world is filled with lies and fairy tales, and it takes a cold cool eye to cut through it. Once you see hypocracy and craven behavior in one place, you start seeing it all over the place, I'm sad to say. But I'd rather have my eyes opened to it, and you have helped me to open my eyes and think for myself.

You, Randi, played a big part in helping me cut through those lies. That saved me, and probably saved my life, for various reasons I don't need to go into. For that alone, you deserve my heartfelt thanks. I'm see that I"m not the only one, and I can only imagine how many other lives you have helped because of this. And we should remember that gays aren't the only people who suffer at the hands of religions.

That you are gay is another bonus on top of that.

This is my first time at this website, and I will now read it with relish -- and mustard. And I promise, once I get back on my feet (It's been rather hard financially this year), I will make a donation to your worthy Foundation. I only ask that some other people can hold my place until I can get there.
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written by DrMatt, March 21, 2010
Thanks for saying what a lot of us knew but wondered when you'd say it.
Dibs on Sofia Loren.
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Bravo, Randi
written by Jeffrey Simmons, March 21, 2010
As time goes on, I find myself admiring fewer and fewer heroes. But my admiration for those few I still cherish, such as Randi, waxes incandescent on great days when they prove again their great courage, such as today.
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If you weren't sexy before...
written by Jodyw1, March 21, 2010
...this makes you even more so.

Welcome Out, James, you damn, sexy magician!
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Keep on keepin' on
written by xodus53, March 21, 2010
My respect for you has greatly grown.

Not because you're gay of course, because you have the courage to admit something as personal as that in such a public atmosphere. I only wish we didn't live in a time where that was even necessary. I wish we lived in a time where people who declare their sexuality to the world would be seen as being in desperate need for attention.

Unfortunately, we live in a time where if one were to simply go out and couple up with some one of he same sex without people being aware that they were gay, then it would be a huge fiasco.

Someday, eh?
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written by fatewilleatyou, March 21, 2010
I'm glad you've made this decision.
Homosexuality forces one to be skeptical of the status quo and that's a terrific perspective for learning about the world.
We understand, as any outsider or minority does that the commonly held truths are often flawed or incorrect.
We earlier understand, that the magic fantasies of love and family which saturates our culture are difficult or impossible and thusly see that all magic is difficult or impossible. We understand, through necessity, the crafting of deceptions and become more adept at exposing the deceptions of others. It becomes easy to see how homosexuals, and anyone who is queered on the notions of their respective culturals, are more easily able to embark on a path of skepticism.
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written by JosephAlfano, March 21, 2010
Hello Mr. Randi!

As a long time admirer of yours, I am overjoyed that you have publicly declared your orientation. You are one of many whose voices can only be heard when willing to speak. Your courage does not ring unrecognized.

You are a gentleman of pure class. Much love to you!
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Thank you for your courage and resolve
written by ayemme, March 21, 2010
Randi-

I wanted to take a minute to applaud you for your courage. Not only in coming out to the world, but more importantly for your endless pursuit of rationality in a world that by all appearances teeters on the brink, any moment to fall into an abyss of ignorance and hatred. You are correct in reminding us, however, how much better things have gotten over the past century and in pointing out the hope that we should all have for a world in which we all can revel in being individuals.

Thank you.
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coming out
written by PeterHansen, March 21, 2010
My respect for you, while large, has increased an order of magnitude. Well done, sir.

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written by FloGiston, March 21, 2010
Now you're not only amazing, but fabulous as well!
Please live to be 500 years old.
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Congratulations
written by Pinskinator, March 21, 2010
Mr. Randi, I'm a gay atheist also. For me, part of coming to terms with being gay during high school was dealing with these religious people who make vitriolic attacks on us. For the most part, I've never had to deal with these bigots directly, but what they said publicly still stung. That's why your blog has been so important to me, because all that woo hurts people directly, and the more reason and compassion there is in the world, the better it is for everyone to live in it.

Thank you for your years of good work, and good luck.
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You are a credit to the human race!
written by bookchick, March 21, 2010
Thank you for being such an intelligent and evolved person, Mr. Randi! We are lucky to have you...best wishes for a long and happy life.
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I Think it's Kind of Sad
written by NateHevens, March 21, 2010
I think it's kind of sad that you felt you had to wait until now to come out. I think it's kind of sad that it took until now for anyone to safely come out. It is an almost disgusting commentary on the world that we are only now opening up to acceptance.

It doesn't change the fact that I think you're brilliant, and it doesn't change your work.

I'm so happy that you came out, and I'm sure you must feel so relieved... so free. But it makes me sad that society can be so intolerant for so long.

Good for you, James Randi. smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Phatchick96, March 21, 2010
I'm sorry it was necessary for you to keep part of yourself a secret for so long. Gay or straight, you are a brave man and one of my heros.
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written by The SonicGamer, March 21, 2010
When I read the post, I was actually pretty shocked. Wait a second, this post was by James Randi? And there's no disclaimer saying he's kidding? I thought about for a few moments...well...ok...he's gay...and I dont care....wow, I really dont! By the God of War, Kratos, who is slightly less fictional then the God of the Bible! Whatever homophobia I had from my time as a fundie is gone!
Thanks Randi. To me, this means your human, just like everyone else.
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written by 3ringquercus, March 21, 2010
According to JK Rowling, so was Dumbledore, my other favorite magician. Lumos!
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Now, back to the good fight...
written by dehemke, March 21, 2010
This should have been easy compared to revealing yourself as a free thinker. Glad you were able to get it off your chest, it must feel good. Now, back to the good fight...
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written by TJ, March 21, 2010
I echo the sentiments of many of the comments above, they are well worth repeating.

I have been lucky not to have been in such a position of potential social stigma. I'm not gay, I live in a country where my atheism is broadly accepted, and where skepticism - although not as common as I might wish - is generally well regarded. I've been encouraged for many years by your strength and determination, but I can't even imagine the courage it must have taken for you to write this so publicly.

I'm only sorry that it ends up being a topic in the public eye, rather than something discussed as freely as you wish with those close to you, and something seen as utterly irrelevant to those who are not. Thank you for having the strength, once again, to take brave action and bring us one more small step closer to more enlightened days.
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Huzzah!
written by Gilmar, March 21, 2010
Best wishes to you always, Mr. Randi.
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written by edremy, March 21, 2010
Take heart in my reaction- "Ok, he's gay. Big deal."

I had the pleasure of meeting you when I invited you to speak at my last job. I remember a man who commented instantly on an unusual key I had and how to pick that kind of lock, who despite his secretary's request that we keep the schedule light met with everyone and anyone, who did magic tricks at my son's preschool and later sent him an autographed copy of book on magic, and who packed an auditorium that nobody I worked with thought would be even half full when I invited you. So you're attracted to men? It certainly doesn't affect any of the above.

I've seen how hard it is for other friends to come out of the closet, and I'm truly glad that you've had the courage to share a bit more of yourself. I can only hope that society gets to a point where announcements like this simply don't matter- and then the world will be a bit less irrational, stupid, and irresponsible
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written by ShrinkyD, March 21, 2010
Congratulations, Randi! Courageous and lovely for you to share this with your community and the world. Straight folks cannot know what it is like to take this giant step - even in 2010. You will inspire so many others to be brave about who they love AND their skepticism! Right on!!!!
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I'm so glad you are able to admit being left-handed... ;)
written by kittbrad@hotmail.com, March 21, 2010
Dearest Randi:

I am so glad that you have been able to open up; that you have let into your heart the intellectual conviction that it is now "safe" to admit this aspect of your Self to the world. Anyone's sexual preferences and attributes are their private business, but some people are more comfortable letting the default assumption no longer be mistaken.

To me it is strongly analogous to being left-handed: It is an attribute that you are born with, and you can sometimes bend to pressure and learn to appear like the majority, but that does not change how you really are inside. I suspect that having to hide being gay is even less comfortable than learning to play golf or use scissors right-handed if you are naturally a southpaw.

I am proud of our country and our wider skeptic culture that even someone born when "queers" were hidden and thought a shameful aberration feels that it's okay to say, "Yeah, I bat from the left." For me, most fortunately, while there was still a lot of anti-gay bias when I was growing up, it was already being publically argued against. In my lifetime, I have seen the 'n-word' and the 'f-word' both become not only vulgar, but regarded as evidence of being backwards and bigotted in one's thinking. Hooray!

In a very atheist sense, bless you for once again having the guts to step up and say what is not the majority view. Hitting the "Send" key must have been as frightening and as exhilarating as jumping out of an airplane--you know there's a parachute, but still that first step is a doozy!

Like so many others, I have to say that I'm not surprised and, in general, such an announcement doesn't mean much to me. But for someone your age to have taken that step shows extraordinary courage...not that you've ever lacked that.

Hugs and best wishes, Miss Kitt
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written by Archaeologyknits, March 21, 2010
My first thought was to simply write "who cares", but not because of the announcement' insignificance. Instead, the fact that Randi or anyone is gay should not be a big deal. Randi is Randi, no matter what he calls himself, he has been doing his best to help people and to further the cause of education.

Still, I feel the need to say congratulations, and that I am only sad to hear that factors beyond your control forced you to hide yourself and live less of a life than you could for so long.
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I'm proud of you!
written by YesThatTom, March 21, 2010
I was at a skeptic social event on Saturday and a speaker mentioned your name and said that you were fantastic. I interrupted him to point out that you were AMAZING. (I thought it was pretty obvious, but it got a good laugh.) Well, now we know you are faaaaabulous!

Welcome out of the closet, Randi! You're my hero!
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Good on you!
written by Ethical Vegan, March 21, 2010
What hurts my heart is the fact that so many of us still feel a need to acknowledge you for your bravery, your guts, your nerve... that we're PROUD of you for having the balls (figuratively and literally speaking) to come out so publicly.

My hope is that sooner than later, a person who comes out will be commonplace.

I hope the rest of your life can be lived with total joy and contentment, sir.

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The really important point about Randi's announcement
written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
...isn't his personal life, but in possibly making others who are in the closet able to announce it to others and themselves. Certainly the comments here are going to help, with the vast majority of them being supportive.

This will always be hard, no matter how accepting society is. It's like declaring publicly one had converted to another religion: even if society has little or no prejudice against one's new religion, it's still very difficult.
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written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
>>>>>>>>I'm so glad you are able to admit being left-handed... smilies/wink.gif

Some SINFUL people say it's NATURAL and they were born that way.

Nonsense! We all know lots of people who, through selective education in table manners, overcame their left-handedness and now are right-handed, just like everybody else!
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I applaud you!
written by ElecTech, March 21, 2010
Mr Randi, I can understand your trepidation. As someone else has said here earlier, I also have been a lurker here for some time, and felt compelled to create an account due to your post. Any attacks directed towards you for this revelation simply come from the lowest of motives, and the shallowest part of the intellectual pool. I do not know you, I have simply read about you, and have seen you on television. When I read your post, I thought "Hmm, ok." To the few that will react negatively regarding your post: Get a life!
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written by theflamingpi, March 21, 2010
Sir, I congratulate you. You have done what many people do not feel they can do. You are an inspiration, "coming out" after 70 years of denial.

You were my hero before, and now even moreso, having recently come out myself. It takes great strength of character to publicly reveal yourself, on such a personal topic.

Thank you for tirelessly promoting reason while not being boring.
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written by shoemakerb, March 21, 2010
Well, I didn't know it was a secret (I've read about his partner before), but I definitely support Randi and think his sexuality is irrelevant to his work. If he felt the need to mention it, though, it's OK with me.

I just hope it wasn't prompted by something negative, (i.e. needing to get it out in the open because someone was giving him trouble about it, or because it was urgent due to his condition).


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written by LuigiNovi, March 21, 2010
Holy s$&@. I had no idea. I even thought I remebered some mention of you having a wife (which I no realize to be a completely false memory.

Comratulations, mr. Randi. One of my responses to questions about my feelings about homosexuality was that one my heroes, Leonardo da Vinci, was probably gay. Now there's another of my heroes who I can point to who is.
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written by MetaCarpal, March 21, 2010
I look forward to someday living in a world where no one has to hide their sexual identity for fear of reprisal. I believe your work with the JREF and elsewhere has helped set that future world into motion.
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written by ClareZ, March 21, 2010
I am honored that you chose to tell us 'first'. I am sure your enemies will attempt to use it against you, but so what? I must say it is the last thing I thought I would see when I came to the website.

Anytime you keep a major part of who you are hidden, it takes its toll. I hope this relieves some of the stress in your life. There is plenty of stress to go around without that.

Peace be with you, my friend, and I mean that in the most secular way. ;>
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James RAndi is Gay?!
written by askepticrtn, March 21, 2010
Who Cares?

Well, James Randi understandably does. I don't. (But then again, I'm Canadian)

It would be nice to think we've all moved past caring about such things that but I suspect it isn't so. One day, I would like to hear from James Randi on what is more difficult, coming out as gay, or as an atheist.

And more importantly, why didn't Sylvia Browne foresee this? I mean, this has got to represent a major breakdown in her paranormal abilities. Next thing you know, she will miss predicting natural catastrophes in small Caribbean nations.

In the meantime Randi, Good on you mate!
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written by bnjmn.hnsn, March 21, 2010
You might as well told your fans that you like vanilla ice cream or the color blue, it has the same meaning to most of us. You needed to do this but anyone who has listened to you just would not care about who you sleep with or love. It is not the point you are trying to make.

I am one of your straight readers and you have my full support. The idea you can't have the same rights with a civil union or marriage sickens me so you have also made me a stronger advocate for gay rights. Please continue working for science and reason and thank you for all you have done.
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written by orvalbratrud, March 21, 2010
I don't give a damn. It matters not at all in any way.

I say this as an avidly heterosexual male approaching 50, from a deeply religious background that thinks you have done more good for the world than Mother Teresa.

It is trivial and of no importance and it bores me, as it should anyone. Well, anyone not gay and interested in men with beards I suppose.

Just keep giving the frauds and anti-science set hell, Randi. That is all.

And truly, it is a totally trivial and non-relevant fact about you that changes nothing that is actually important at all. Though I do sympathize with the hurt and fear you must have experienced over the years; that must have deeply sucked. But in this millennium, we are finally moving beyond that, it appears. There is a little more up the hill to go, but I think the main battle has pretty much been won, the other "side" (if you want to dignify it with a title) just hasn't realized it yet.

For anybody rational, this is complete non-news. As it should be.
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written by swhite, March 21, 2010
And this would make a difference how?
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written by Sun3160, March 21, 2010
I'm sure it felt momentous and extraordinarily significant to you. For that, congratulations. I'm sure it is both a relief and a thrill to publicly acknowledge it. I hope it brings you great joy.

Given all your insight about the rest of the world, it seems ironic that you're are among the last to see that this personal intimate detail really is no big deal among your fans and true friends. I hope that amuses you. And I hope it's no big deal for your family as well.
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written by carlsagan, March 21, 2010
I'm a 22 year old lesbian who grew up in rural Appalachia. The internet, you, Carl Sagan, and Yukio Mishimia are the reasons for my bolstered confidence and relative happiness while being the only out queer freethinking teen I knew in my tiny town of Christian hardliners. When my friend said to me today, "Did you hear about The Amazing Randi?" I was afraid you had died or given Sylvia Browne a million dollars. What great news to read instead. I'm sure a lot of closeted teens are beaming inside. smilies/smiley.gif
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Congratulation!
written by zike, March 21, 2010
Way to go, Mr. Rani! I'm happy for you.
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Alexander Pope (rephrased) quote
written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
>>>>>Man up, grow a pair, have some steel in your spine and understand that society simply is the way it is.

(Sigh......)

To paraphrase Alexander Pope, there isn't a man alive who cannot act in the perfect, most honorable and brave way when facing and overcoming OTHER PEOPLE'S problems.
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That doesn't mean anything...
written by Skeptic, March 21, 2010
>>>>>Holy s$&@. I had no idea. I even thought I remebered some mention of you having a wife (which I no realize to be a completely false memory.

It is (Randi was never married) but even if he were that wouldn't necessarily be proof...
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So what?
written by Marcus, March 21, 2010
...and I mean that in the best possible sense. My appreciation and admriation for the Amazing One has changed not one jot or tittle with this announcement.

Now we just need to look forward to the day when making a public announcement that you're gay is met by all with the same indifference (and confusion over relevance and necessity) as a public announcement of your shoe size.
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written by The_Fire, March 21, 2010
Well, that just confirms what I've suspected for a while: All the good ones are either 1: Gay 2:In a relationship or 3: Both smilies/grin.gif
Seriously: Congrats on the guts for doing this.
And just as seriously: If people thinks that this somehow taints all the good work you've done, then they are clearly not thinking with their brains but their...well it's the part of the body one would normally sit on.
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written by Radwaste, March 21, 2010


Now, cover your ears and eyes and just keep repeating yourself.
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Crystalnight, get a clue.
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written by Pifase, March 21, 2010
Uou have always been one of my greatest idols of scepticism, rational thinking and reasoning - and you will continue to be. No matter what your sexual orientation is.
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written by andrew-mccarthy, March 21, 2010
Just another voice in the chorus of praise and affection:

Randi, you are one of my great heroes -- a conviction that is reaffirmed once again by this display of courage. Trumpeting the truth at a time of life when most are looking for peace in an un-rocked boat is utterly inspiring. First, you offered a society and sanction for non-believers, and now (hopefully) for those oppressed by anti-homosexual bigotry. While I don't think your sexual orientation or preference necessarily has any substantive bearing on the work to which you have dedicated your life, I now have yet another reason to hold you up as a role model in bravery and leadership for my nascent kid.

Thank you and congratulations!

~Andrew McCarthy
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written by lt.winky, March 21, 2010
I challenge any closeted homosexual to watch Milk and stay in the closet.

Congratulations on lifting this heavy weight from your shoulders, you always have and always will have my utmost respect.
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written by Hallaluva, March 21, 2010
Good for you! And for all homosexuals.
Sexual orientation is one of, if not *the* least interesting thing about a person, so thank you for coming out: As more and more people do not hide their sexuality, it will become less and less of an issue.
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written by skeen, March 21, 2010
as ever, you the man randi!
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written by Bobrussell1957, March 22, 2010
Congrats Mr. Randi...it's a shame however that you had to wait so long.
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So?
written by Realitysage, March 22, 2010
Randi, what all those who admire you really want is your good health. You're the same person you've always been only wiser and many of us need you.
But true wisdom comes with a reasonable mind and certainly your example leads the way! smilies/wink.gif
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Well done sir.
written by kevinmurphy, March 22, 2010
Does this mean you'll be changing your name to The "Fabulous" Randi?
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Wow.
written by IanKoro, March 22, 2010
I have to say, I'm a little shocked. Not so much that you're gay, that makes perfect sense, after thinking about it... but that it never occurred to me that you might be.

Irregardless, this massively increased my respect for you. I wonder how your biggest detractors will take this?
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written by Irishwoman, March 22, 2010
I joined up here today just to say well done. My daughter is a James Randi fan -- she reckons you and Terry Pratchett are brilliant debunkers of hypocrisy. "The man's even more of a legend, mam" was the comment this morning.

I am delighted that your world changed so that you felt able to 'come out'. It is very hard to explain to younger people how repressed western society (I live in and grew up in Ireland, and hope to turn 50 soon) has been until the modern era. I have lived though societal changes that saw people actually able to talk about and buy contraception, to admit menstruation exists, and lots more positive developments, one of which has been the creation of a positive environment for homosexuals to feel comfortable in the society they grew up in. Many gay people I know felt obliged to emigrate to go to somewhere where their sexual orientation was not a difficulty, leaving behind concerned family.

In my view, sex between consenting adults is only my business if I happen to be one of the adults.


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I'm a long time admirer...nothing's changed
written by W0X0F, March 22, 2010
54 year old hetero male, rarely post, but your website is one of my "must reads". Never gave a thought to your sexuality. I didn't marry until age 38 and I remember actually having people ask if I was gay. I was amused more than anything by this response.

I have a gay nephew (22 yrs old) who came out when he was 16. He's an extremely bright kid and has always had full family support. Several years ago, I directed him to your website as a beacon of rationality and critical thought.

I say all this just for context. I feel like so many others that a person's sexual orientation is their business and matters not a whit to me. I'm glad it doesn't carry the stigma (among thinking people) that it once did. I truly believe it's harder to find acceptance for an admission of atheism in this country.

Nothing changes for me as to my high regard for you and your work.
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It doesn't matter
written by Metatron, March 22, 2010
Hello James,

A couple thoughts bouncing around in my head. The first is that your announcement doesn't matter. You are still the same man you always were. I never bothered to care what you did with your genitals, and that hasn't changed.

But on the other hand, since you are so well respected, your announcement certainly goes a long ways towards normalizing attitudes about homosexuality.

It's always a pleasure to read, watch, and listen to your work. Thanks.
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written by Aepervius, March 22, 2010
Congrat for you. Nothing change for me as it is the work I admire, the sexuality of the man don't really interest me.

Now what i find funny, is no psychic predicted that smilies/grin.gif
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Irrelevant
written by paiute, March 22, 2010
Randi,

I don't care.

Now get back to work kicking woo ass. Time's awaistin'.
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written by Gottherd, March 22, 2010
People are right to say it shouldn't matter, but unfortunately it still does. Even the most well-meaning people tend to view homosexuals in a cliched way, and consequently some people choose to stay in the closet rather than be stereotyped and pigeonholed on one element of their person. And that's exactly why it *is* so important for someone like Randi to come out.
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Thank you Randi
written by rich_illing@yahoo.com, March 22, 2010
You have my undying respect and admiration.
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Congratulations
written by klogd, March 22, 2010
I always assumed you were heterosexual. But then again I also assumed you where holding a microphone and was wearing real glasses smilies/smiley.gif

It's always great when you challenge the way we perceive the world, and I'm glad you are now able to openly share that aspect of your life.

The only downside is that Alan Turing is no longer the most awesome gay ever :/
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Dear Randi...
written by Bcre8tiv, March 22, 2010
I've watched and respected your work for decades, and all I can say is, "Bravo to you, my friend!"

As someone else here said, "If you have to fight, it won’t be with anyone who matters."

Keep up the good work.
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written by johnny red, March 22, 2010
Congrats!!! I am glad we live in a more tolerant times where you feel comfortable to come out without the fear of being persecuted. Our society has come a long way but there is still a long way to go.
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written by junemax, March 22, 2010
Why, oh why, is it necessary for some people to 'come out' - and to feel the apprehension of 'how to say it'. What possible business is it of anyone's to learn of another's sexual practices? What difference could it possibly make to our lives? All we need to know about every fellow traveller we come across is that they merit equality and no discrimination. What a burden, especially for some, to feel obliged to attach a label to themselves, one other people have arbitrarily constructed, seems to me cruel and utterly unnecessary. None of us could ever fit neatly into these little sexual categories assigned to us by language and culture. Surely, a person's legal sexual habits are her/his own business - can't we leave it at that? I would like to apologise to people like Mr Randi on behalf of 21st century social and cultural norms that have hounded and haunted some people to the extent they feel they must reveal to the world what should be an entirely private matter.
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written by deavman, March 22, 2010
Oh, you are, hey ! And......?
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written by luke83, March 22, 2010
Like so many others here today, I'm a long-time lurker, first-time poster.

It's true that somebody announcing that he's gay should be a non-event in a perfect world. From what I can see, most people here see it as such: the mere fact that Randi's gay isn't that spectacular. Which makes me smile whenever I read a post to that effect, because that's how things should be.

What's still important is the fact that he's telling people about it. Having grown up in the late 90s/early 00s, I still remember of feeling just a little bit less of an outsider in this world whenever a public figure came out. I doubt it's that different for a gay teenager today.

I strongly believe that with every well-known person, and, maybe more importantly, with every friend or family member coming out, we make another step into a world where it's simply not scandalous, spectacular or even particularly noteworthy to find out someone's gay because being gay isn't considered abnormal.

That being said, way to go, Randi!
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You have been the single biggest influence on my approach to teaching
written by greyghost, March 22, 2010
And I'm really glad I got the chance to tell you a few years ago when you came to speak at my little college. Reading your books as a teenager changed the course of my life, both intellectually and otherwise, and it makes me happy to see how few are the trolls who have crawled out of their lairs to spew negativity here. You are a great man, and how anyone could think that status is altered in any way by your private life is a great mystery to me. Thank you for all you've done for the world. I've been a reader here for years, but this is the first time I felt so moved that I HAD to register and comment...
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written by stuart, March 22, 2010
Kudos - you've told the world about you true self (which was your business any how). I have said to my children if they ever tell me anything like that, I couldn't think any the less of them, in fact I would think more of them as they have stood up to a world of preconceived ideas and prejudice. But hell Randi – how can people think you’re a greater man than you already are!!

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Welcome to the world -- or perhaps one of the best parts of it
written by Michieux, March 22, 2010
Thank you Mr Randi. I think you have made a good decision -- let's hope that now any whispers, benign or otherwise, will cease.

As you said, you are among good company. Here in Australia, perhaps the best politician we have, Bob Brown, the leader of the Australian Greens Party, is an openly gay man who is much loved and widely respected.

In the words of a classic Neil Young song: Long May You Run! (The song was an elegy for Neil Young's first car, a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse. smilies/smiley.gif )

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written by usefkl05, March 22, 2010
In reality, other people's sexual preferences should not be any of my business. But this act of courage and honesty makes me feel even more respect and appreciation for you Randi. Thank you for leading by example!
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An inspiration to me
written by lunarobverse, March 22, 2010
Mr. Randi, I have been watching you and reading your words almost since I was old enough to read. Watched you on the Johnny Carson show, Merv Griffin, and others. Read about your dogged pursuit of Uri Gellar and his charlatan ways of bending spoons. I remember when you turned up again in Omni magazine, in that column on the back page, and when you first announced your prize for any evidence of supernatural ability (back then, I recall, it was $10,000, not a million).

You've been a hero and an inspiration to me on the issue of public integrity and objective honesty for a very long time. I'm saddened that you felt you had to carry around this additional secret for so very long, but I could not be more proud of you for speaking out about this deeply personal topic of yours now. Truth is a harsh master at times, but it's the best goal we all strive for. I've learned that from you, and from others, and I hope to teach it to others still to come.
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written by Gib, March 22, 2010
Excellent - very glad to hear the news Randi. I was hoping you had a little love in your life, and had never seen a woman on your arm.

I'd be interested in hearing more about your partner if you and he are willing to share that info. Who is he, where did you meet, all of that good stuff.
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Good For You, Randi!
written by BLACK HAT, March 22, 2010
Congratulations, Randi!

One more act of courage upon many others. Keep on keepin' on! We all love you!
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Thanks for your courage and honesty, James!
written by Kuroyume, March 22, 2010
How can you move up a notch in my book? You are already at the top notch. Guess that I'll need to carve a new notch. smilies/smiley.gif

Being gay myself, I've suspected this for years but sexuality isn't even close as the overriding aspect of a person that attracts me to them as a friend. What a person is isn't as important as who a person is. Who is James Randi? Tireless, dedicated, honest, humorous, intelligent, friendly, curmudgeonly, logical, thoughtful, plus so much more. Whether you like men or women, sandals or stilettos, chocolate or vanilla, should a person's preferences really be a focal point? No.

Welcome to the struggling minority community of LGBT!

It does indeed take quite a bit of courage to put out sensitive information about yourself publicly. I'm so happy that you have done this!

We all love you very much as a person, a friend, and as a beacon. I love you as a close friend even though we've never met personally. You have inspired and instructed me on many things through your efforts. You have always found the time to respond to me personally when I've emailed or written to you (which, being the solitary person that I am, fills me with excitement and joy).

Great Day!!
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written by rektruax, March 22, 2010
Kudo's to the man... Refreshing to be who you are... Not only gay, but Canadian eh? I'm quite happy for you and your choice to announce. I suppose you'll be going by the name "The Fabulous Randi" now...

Just kidding of course. Much love and respect.
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written by Kuroyume, March 22, 2010
The Absolutely Fabulous Randi
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written by Duffster, March 22, 2010
I'm sure you will find love and support on a level that you couldn't have imagined. I only hope that your actions will give others the strength they need to come out as well.

You are a great and courageous man and I respect you even more.
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written by Xmeromotu, March 22, 2010
I am glad to know that you feel comfortable sharing this bit of your personal life with the world, and I hope that you have known love and happiness in your personal life. I still hope that Uri Geller gets a big lawyer bill (and I am a lawyer - sorry!), but I hope you have been able to get past those resentments and found some peace and serenity.

To me, your personal life is your own, and you'll always be the Amazing Randi.
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Resenting the Term
written by William, March 22, 2010
If at first the term "gay" was meant to be derogatory, those who have been labeled as such have since embraced it. This has the effect of it not being derogatory any more, and putting the "accuser" on the defensive.

Mr Randi-proudly wear that label, and let no one who says anything against you for it beat you down. Stand stronger--it is what and who you are.
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written by VoodooPatches, March 22, 2010
I was honestly tearing up at the reactions you got to your wonderful statement. I was actually watching an old episode of Bullshit! featuring you last night. This made my morning if not my day.

You're awesome Mr. Randi
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Announcement
written by peterwbarber, March 22, 2010
Mr. Randi,

Your announcement comes not as a shock, but rather as a “so what?”

It was brave of you to tell us what most of us either suspected or did not find relevant. You were, are and will remain The Amazing Randi.
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written by Skippy the Skeptic, March 22, 2010
Randi, I've held you in the highest regard since I was a little kid and I'm glad you've finally been able to get this off your chest. It must feel great to have it out in the open at last.
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written by Martha, March 22, 2010
Randi, Thank you for your courage in coming out. Do not underestimate the impact this can have on the lives of other lesbian and gay citizens. When somebody in the public eye comes out it validates thousands of others that it is ok to be gay and many of them are encouraged to come out. You are a wonderful role model. Keep up the good work.
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Well Done
written by DjtHeutii, March 22, 2010
Thank you, Mr. Randi. You have been and always will remain one of my personal heroes.
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For the verbally quirky and reality obsessed bipolar one...
written by skeep, March 22, 2010
...Randi and Stephen Fry are undoubtedly my biggest living heroes, I respect and love them both with all my heart. That doesn't make me less straight, that makes me a person who doesn't hesitate to say (and show) his appreciation and feelings to those who deserve them.

Warm salutations from Finland.
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written by verybigv, March 22, 2010
Not to sound callous, but I really don't care. Less outing,more debunking.
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Way to go
written by mikegilbo, March 22, 2010
I have been reading your forum for several years and your coming out has finally inspired me to register and to say how much I admire you.
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Waht the Bible Says About Coke
written by toml_12953, March 22, 2010
To jmccloud: The Bible clearly states that Coke is an abomination! Pepsi is the only approved drink. I pray wou will see the Lite and change your wicked, wicked, ways before it's too late. As a confirmed Cokeaphobe, I can tell you there's a special place in Hell for people like you. It's right next to the juke box that only plays Achy-Breaky Heart 24/7. Seriously, though, are most people even worried about things like this any more? With people starving, the planet getting so polluted we can't live on it, wars, earthquakes, etc. it seems to me that how two consenting adults choose to make love is of no consequence at all.
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written by lytrigian, March 22, 2010
So say "homosexual", or "queer" or some other alternative if you don't like "gay". There's no reason to use a word you find objectionable.

Anyone with a functioning gaydar has known it for some time already, but congratulations for coming out. I am well aware that for you to have done so earlier in life would have both jeopardized your professional career, as well as obscured your skeptical message with a meaningless side-issue, so there's no reason for anyone to wonder why you kept it to yourself for so long. Or to judge you for it, as I'm sure some are wont to do.
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written by darnitol, March 22, 2010
Mr. Randi, you are an intellectual idol of mine who has convinced me of many things and convinced me to hold my ground on many others. You taught me that skepticism is a quest for knowledge, not an offhand rejection of uncomfortable ideas. The world needs more people who will speak up and say, "This is who I am; This is what I think; This is what I feel — and then present evidence." Even as a Christian I say thank you for your lifelong contributions to intelligent skepticism and now, as a straight man I say thank you for your contribution to breaking down a wall of prejudice that has been allowed to plague the world far too long.
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written by themocaw, March 22, 2010
George Takei, Sir Ian McKellen, Albus Dumbledore, and now you.

All greatly respected older men. All gay.

You're in good company, Mister Randi. smilies/smiley.gif
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written by RaeBeta, March 22, 2010
Congratulations on coming out! It's never an easy thing to do, and I applaud your bravery in doing so as such a visible public figure--and thank you for giving the world another out, visible public role model. We could use more of those. smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Kantu, March 22, 2010
Just add one more vote for "congratulations" on my behalf! I registered just to say so.
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written by bbjane, March 22, 2010
Add me to the "registered today to give support" crowd. I read Swift every day, but I have never felt the need to add my 2 cents to the discussions.

Until now.

Coming out shouldn't be a big thing, but it is. I live in GA and only a few of my neighbors know my daughter was married last year. Not in any state supported way, of course, but they had a ceremony, and to both families and close friends, they are married. But to others, I have not mentioned it due to the fear of a very bad reaction. It wouldn't lessen my love or support of my daughter and her wife, but it could change my relationship to (and respect for) my neighbors.

Maybe I should trust them a bit more.



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written by LovleAnjel, March 22, 2010
Coming out is a hard thing, it takes so much courage, which I am not surprised that you have! I hope your shoulders a little less burdened now.
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written by skeptologic, March 22, 2010
Mr. Randi, you have been my personal hero for many years. I had no idea that you were gay, and I had never even wondered about it. I must say I was quite surprised, with all of that Sophia Loren talk over the years. You are still my hero just as much today as you were yesterday, and I am very happy for you. Congratulations!
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June 1969: Of Stonewall and Society For Creative Anachronism Tournaments
written by anotherqueerjubu, March 22, 2010
Good sir,

I was 16 years old, and a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism in NYC when on June 22nd 1969 when you graciously opened your home and grounds for one of our tournaments. It was only on the bus ride back to the city that we heard on the radio that Judy Garland had died. Several us starting singing her songs on the bus — and of course, 4 days later, the day of her funeral in NYC, the patrons of the Stonewall bar rose up in anger against the discrimination we all lived with.

I still have the newspaper from that date — Judy's obituary on the front page below the fold, and a long article about the SCA tournament on the first page of the second section: http://bit.ly/SCATourney

As a 16 year old, I knew I was gay, but was still in the closet. A year later I was vice president of NYC's first gay youth organization. I know why you waited. I know the world you grew up with. So while, when I was 18 I would have been impatient and angry, today I can only express gratitude to you for your decision to come out now. It's not easy.

As a 16 year old, because I was closeted I turned my energy to science fiction and the SCA -- because I had to live in the future or the past. Anything but the present. When I came out and turned to activism, I turned my back on those worlds in favor of working towards a better today every day.

Today, I am both more radical and more conservative.

I hope you will share more of your journey with the world. And on a personal note, also as another old Wonderama viewer, can you please do me a favor and make the right wing disappear?!?!?
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written by JosephNobles, March 22, 2010
Congratulations on debunking the closet, Mr. Randi!
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written by wylkyn, March 22, 2010
I have been an admirer of yours for quite some time. It is too bad that there should be any reason for you to feel you have to announce your sexual preference, but I get why you chose to do so. Not that you know who I am, but in the interest of openness I am heterosexual. I can't speak for any other heteros, or for any of my fellow Republicans, but I look forward to a day when the irrational nonsense surrounding this issue is a thing of the past. It angers me that my country (USA) still makes laws restricting the rights of our citizens based on religious morality issues. We consistently fail to learn from our mistakes, and in the process cause so much needless suffering. I salute your bravery in making this private issue public, and I hope you don't draw too much ugliness from hateful idiots as a result. If you do, I hope that you remember to pity them, for theirs is a small and petty world which is rapidly shrinking. They feel it dwindling, and that is why they lash out. Some day, a majority of the world's children will hear their ranting as a faint and pathetic whisper of a bygone age, and shake their heads in astonished disbelief.
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written by ryeandcoke, March 22, 2010
Gotta tell ya Randi (do you prefer James or Randi, cuz I know you as the "Amazing Randi")... I don't care. You are an amazing guy and your sexuality means nothing to me. I hope that coming out gives you peace / joy / happiness / whatever... and it make me sad that you had any fear about doing it.

Now... get back to debunking the sham artists of the world! We need you!
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Left handed one
written by eternalcontrol, March 22, 2010
I don't know if the Amazing One is also left handed. But in times past, people associated conjurers and left handed people as being sinister because they were different and could trick others with their "skills".

Just a side note. Besides being a southpaw, I also have red hair and I can remember as a kid when older folks would rub my hair for good luck, like I was a leprechaun. Maybe that was where "luck of the Irish" came from. I did hope they found some luck though. It was strange to me to find people who believed in such things as luck and it shaped my beliefs from a very early age. My hair is almost rubbed off now. And I don't use luck to gamble, I use spare money instead.

In any event, I've met you Randi at many skeptic conventions and your speeches are always memorable and fun at the same time. I especially liked the talk about the students who got the results from an astrology reading and then told they should have gotten the result their neighbors received after they thought the first one was right on about them. Don't change. I still have my pigasus 2000 Club card from when I pledged $10,000 to your challenge before it was fully funded. It's an heirloom now.

Ignore any typos please.
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I created this account to say "So what?"
written by mrcranky, March 22, 2010
You are an idol of mine and have been ever since I discovered that other skeptics existed out there. In my ham-handed way, I'm expressing my reaction to your announcement as "So what?" in an attempt to further the hope that one day, being gay or strait will have the same social relevancy as being a blonde or a brunette, or being tall or short. It's all good, and people are just people.

I hope that getting this out in the open has a positive affect on your life and the world, just like many of the things you have had to say over the years.
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written by MJG, March 22, 2010
That's cool. I've been told about both how much courage it can take for a homosexual person to come out, and simultaneously how much of a relief it can be to leave all the pretense and secretiveness behind. Mr. Randi, you have my admiration for the one, and my congratulations on the other!
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written by Erich, March 22, 2010
Congrats & Cheers!
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written by CasaRojo, March 22, 2010
"It never once entered my mind to ask the question "I wonder if he's gay?" because, frankly, it doesn't matter to me. In the end I think that's the attitude we're eventually moving toward. Sexual orientation being a mere fact of the matter such as age, skin color, hair color, etc."

If a public declaration is helpful to someone then that's a great thing. Otherwise, please get back to work Mr. Randi.

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written by Paxmax, March 22, 2010
ok! smilies/cheesy.gif

...but don't you fear the lash back from all homosexual men who missed a great opportunity?? smilies/wink.gif
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Don't Ask - Don't Tell
written by Mingy, March 22, 2010
Previously : didn't know - didn't care.
Now - Know - don't care.

Well I do care. Mr. Randi you do great work. I'm happy for you that you found it in yourself to 'come out', especially because you can never know the 'blowback' this sort of thing can cause.

With all the support through these comments, I think you can tell that the people who care about you don't care about your orientation. We respect you for what you are: a great skeptic!
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The homopaths will have a field day!
written by bigdoggy, March 22, 2010
Seriously, all the best to you and congratulations on your inspiring work.

BD
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The way it should be
written by Mr. Science, March 22, 2010
I echo those who have summed it up: Who cares? As a quick look at many bible-thumpers will attest, things go bad when people care a little too much about other peoples' sex lives.

Believe me, I'm not a fan of Randi's because of his sex life. (OK, as another poster said: still having a sexuality at age 80 might be admirable.) Continue your good work, sir.
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Has no one else caught the irony?
written by Jeffrey Simmons, March 22, 2010
Here's a man who, during his performing career, could escape a locked jail cell in an instant, but it took him the better part of a century to get out of a dumb old closet.

The repressive homophobia that has, and continues to, run through our culture is indeed some mighty bad ju-ju.
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written by BicycleRepairMan, March 22, 2010
Good on you for coming out, it is a private matter, of course, so its none of our business in that sense, but I'm sure it will make it easier for other people when they know they have such excellent people on their "team" smilies/wink.gif
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written by JonK, March 22, 2010
Unlike a number of those posting to this forum (and I mean this with no disrespect), I did not "suspect" that Randi was gay; I had never even thought about it. I admired and continue to admire him for the invaluable and probably unique service he has selflessly provided to all of us, including those who do not even know his name. Randi's preferences, sexual or otherwise, are largely irrelevant to me. Along with Martin Gardner, Randi was seminally formative in helping to shape my world view. For that I am personally grateful.

Not that Randi's announcement is without significance: I was raised as a Roman Catholic where homosexuality was not just condemned, but feared. As I grew older, I acquired many good friends, some of who I learned later were gay. That did not change our friendships; rather it helped me realize that what I had learned growing up was wrong. Perhaps Randi's "coming out" will positively influence someone other admirer in a similar way. Then we will have something else to thank him for.
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written by Marky Westin, March 22, 2010
Another great gay man. Wow!
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The LEAST Important Thing We Know About The Amaz!ng One
written by Bernie Hutchins, March 22, 2010
The only thing we should regret is that a totally unimportant fact about Mr. Randi's personal life may have caused unwarranted distress to one of the most thoughtful, brilliant, and respected men of our times.
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welcome! Great news :-D
written by fingertrouble, March 22, 2010
Wow weird timing; I blogged back in January about you and your recent ill-health; as a gay man who likes men with beards and many friends with same there was much comment on how handsome you are and were back in the day, and I mused that you always read 'gay' to me. Glad my gaydar was correct!

Seriously you will get a lot of that - the people who were quiet and now say they knew all along...very rarely does a gay man come out and people who are close are truly shocked. The last person to know (or think it's a secret) is yourself, it seems

But I have to say welcome and it's great news, even at 81. I hope like some of the others here the reason is a good one (upcoming book, it was time, relationship etc) rather than bad (ill health) - but coming out is a positive event even though I did read some of your enemies trying to drag your name through it a while back - let them dig their own grave (and then try and communicate from it!) for the gay = paedophile or gay = unnatural brigade feed their own rope to hang themselves - and usually just switch any reasonable minded people off as personal attacks on sexuality are seen as petty or small-minded.

Also the comment about the beard is interesting - I had the same from my Dad when I came out to him at 23. He thought my beard was 'butching up' or something - I'd never thought of it like that, I just liked them and fancied guys with them. Sometimes a beard is just a beard, y'know? ;-)

To the people who are saying 'it doesn't matter/makes no difference/didn't want to know' - I hear you and respect your open mindedness - but it DOES matter. It matters greatly to anyone coming out; and there is still a lot of bigotry and intolerance in the world. It also matters to those gay kids, like myself in the 80's when I first saw you on TV to have a role-model - OK you weren't out then, but still a role model. And still am. It means the world to them, and it's important to have a wide range of people 'out and about'. And as a poster said above - great company (well dunno if you'll accept Albus Dumbledore LOL)

I hope you realise fairly quickly as I did the feeling of 'what took me so long?' and the feeling of being accepted for who you are. It's the best.

Tim
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written by smipowell, March 22, 2010
My very best wishes. You have been so helpful to so many of us when you have exposed so many errors in thought. I hope your statement will help expose one more error in thought that so many unfortunately share. Most of all, I hope your statement brings you only good things.
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Hello
written by bromleymum, March 22, 2010
Well...although it's none of my business it's nice that you've shared this news with us.

I know most of us are pretending we "don't give a monkey's bum" (a delightful Welsh phrase!) but I'm really pleased that you feel it's about time you introduced a little bit more of yourself. I like knowing more about people I admire because I'm nosy by nature. And I do care and love all these messages for you.



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I almost saw it coming.
written by TomAnderson, March 22, 2010
Eccentric, old, friendly, gay, white-bearded magician whose allies love him and whose enemies fear him. James Randi, or Albus Dumbledore?

I know I'm not the first to draw this parallel, but there are a lot of points here lining up for both of them.

Here's another: their allies tend to think of them as practically infallible (come on, admit it, I know I do), and they themselves tend to be the first to correct that.
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Good for you Sir!
written by Balstrome, March 22, 2010
You have G for preference, the A for rational thinking, and of course the Y for youth. Good for a start. I'll bet Claws did not see that coming.

We know that you will keep up the amazing work, that our world needs.
Thanks for everything, we are all being behind you, walking alongside you.
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Gosh darnit...
written by NoisyAstronomer, March 22, 2010
There goes my dream of being Mrs. Randi. *sigh*

Seriously, congrats on the coming out! :-)
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written by execab, March 22, 2010
Well, being a skeptic I have to ask if this is 'true' and we are a bit far off from April Fools Day so I want to believe you are sincere.

If so, my first response is a small tear of happiness for your ability to come forward.

I have been a big fan for many decades and have never questioned anyone's sexuality on any plane. People are people. Hatred is so easy and puerile. Truth is hard to come by too often and you have helped us toward the truth without judging otherwise.

Revealing a truth is truly remarkable in this day and age.

Congrats, Randi. Keep on keepin' on. Hopefully for many, many year to come.
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Unfaltering Admiration
written by Scyldemort, March 22, 2010
We love you, Randi. You've been one of my biggest heroes for years and years now, and one of my biggest heroes you remain. smilies/smiley.gif

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Adding my Admiration, and Ho-Hum
written by gfpatterson, March 22, 2010
Just adding my $.02 to those saying, "don't care." I think the beard is more of a defining characteristic smilies/cheesy.gif If there's a gay man behind it, so what? Changes nothing as far as I'm concerned.
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More power to you!
written by supertourist, March 22, 2010
Not so good at finding a nice pithy phrase, happy for you!
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I wish it didn't matter.
written by n4nln, March 22, 2010
The tragedy is that you feel you have something to "admit",
like having to "admit" you're left-handed, or have a beard.

But it does matter a lot in many ways, and I appreciate and honor your courage.

The culmination of Rationality would be that such things would be no more than
simple statements of fact, because facts are neither "good" nor "bad";
they are simply facts and therefore unmoved by supplications.

The irrational decisions some people make to act upon some facts with
hatred and invective is, however, unconscionable and evil.

James Randi is a speaker of fact and truth in the face of unreason,
and I can only respect his triumph of yet another truth over that unreason.

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Good for you!
written by warreno, March 22, 2010
Very nicely done. Even when one knows about one's orientation, it can still be hard to step up and proclaim it, because of the cockeyed culture we inhabit (and, to be fair, have created).

Good for you. I always figured you were just a little too intelligent to be straight. smilies/wink.gif
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All righty then
written by Malibu Stacy, March 22, 2010
I was kind of hoping you were going to confess to being immortal. But gay's nice, too.
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written by jimspice, March 22, 2010
Next thing you know, you'll be telling us you're an ATHEIST! Then any hope of a political future would be REALLY busted.
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Judgment
written by lytrigian, March 22, 2010
Starjack's asinine remark is exactly what I was talking about when I mentioned how some will judge Randi for not coming out until now.

Save it, asshole. He has had, and continues to have, other work to do. Important work. You can pretend if you like that nothing matters but gay rights. That's false. But even if it were not, more rationality in the world can only help that cause, and cannot harm it.
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congrats!
written by jstoner, March 22, 2010
Congratulations are always in order for coming out. I'm glad you feel comfortable doing so. I hope you enjoy life as an out gay man. Don't let regret bother you--you came out when you came out.
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Gratz!
written by ellechero, March 22, 2010
Your magician powers totally blocked my gaydar. I never would have guessed, but congratulations on coming out!

You made the world a better place for a lot of people. I hope it's better for you now, too. Everyone deserves the freedom to be themselves.
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Kids
written by Bomias, March 22, 2010
I've got two boys, 10 & 12, and they think you're...amazing. They love your stuff and have quoted you more than once in school. Today I mentioned that you had come out and sorta stood by as they read the above post. I'm more than a little proud that they both shrugged and responded with "so? He's still cool."

Mr. Randi, you've influenced my kids. Keep it up.
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written by tubby, March 22, 2010
Congratulations Mr. Randi.
I shouldn't have to say this and I don't mean to seem rude but I don't care, no one except you should it's your life its your choice. If you are the same man you were a week ago, or a year ago why should I (or any one else) care if you prefer men or women, however if I see you walking down the street in assless chaps my opinion of you might change (from coolest octogenarian, to most awesome octogenarian ever).

I applaud your courage for coming out to a world that will judge you, even though it shouldn't.
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written by rigel2112, March 22, 2010
Changes nothing of my opinion of you and your great work but I do feel good that you were able to get it out there in the open finally. I did doublecheck the date to make sure it wasn't the 1st yet.





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Thank you, Sir...
written by Pikatron, March 22, 2010
Mr. Randi, I have always respected you, and must say that your coming out like this has not changed this in the slightest. Why should it? If anything, your courage for posting this has only served to make me say, "I want to do as much for science and reason as this man has before my time has come." I'm 'straight' myself, if that word has any real significance, but who gives (or should give)a crap in the 21st century? I stand by you against the Bronze Age mentalities of the REAL cynics, the REAL naysayers, both in pseudo-religion and pseudo-science, as a fan and newbie fellow skeptic. You totally rock, dude!
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I've subscribed just for this
written by Juan Pablo, March 22, 2010
You are one of my heroes Mr. Randy and your coming out has just strengthened the views I had of your person.

Thanks for making this world a little better for everyone.
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we love you Randi
written by theunmaskedmagician, March 22, 2010
Congrats Randi!!

this proves that you are a man of great courage. This is just something more to add to the long list of things I respect you for
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written by TDjazz, March 22, 2010
Good for you, Randi! Your revelation doesn't change a thing, except the level of respect I have for you--it's grown immensely.
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No.
written by Lancelot, March 22, 2010
No. i'm sorry, Mister Randi, you are not gay.

You are Randi, who make an incredible work, all along your life, to fight obscurantism, stupidity and blindness.

You are a great magician, a very clever person, and a generous person.

You are "perhaps" gay or straight, i really dont care, i don't have to know about this, it's your private life. I am perhaps gay or straight, who care ? (in fact, i'm gay, but it isn't important, it's a detail...) I m just a little french magician with a lot of admiration (and a very, very, VERY bad english.. i'm apologize)for you.

Really don't care, doesn't matter if you are gay or straight : you are just a great man, and i have a lot of respect for you, your talent, your work, and your intelligence...

No, you are not "straight" or "gay"..; you are RANDI ! The great RANDI ! That's all !
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You are the MAN!
written by PsyberDave, March 22, 2010
Randi,

I am sorry you had to cope with such a repressive culture, but I an glad the attitudes have changed. I hope you feel relief and liberation now.

You have a myriad of friends here; me included.

One of your many, many friends,
-PsyberDave
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written by Xiphos, March 22, 2010
Not too surprising but glad you can walk out of the closet with your head held high. I would guess it feels like a huge relief correct?
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Thank you
written by Strafgod, March 22, 2010
Amazing indeed! You are an inspiration, sir, and you always have been!
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Whew!
written by billfnlloyd, March 22, 2010
Alas, we can finally discredit your life's work.

(put me down for Pepsi)

-bill
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written by TakaM, March 22, 2010
Congrats James, anyone who thinks less of you for this is no one worth being concerned about. smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Boo, March 22, 2010
Personally, I just thought you to be a very jovial man. smilies/wink.gif I have never been more honored to have had the privilege of saying I have met you and I am skeptic because of James Randi.

Sir, you have always exemplified a personal courage and strength of character in your work debunking charlatans, exposing woo and other sorts of flim-flam. Thank you once again for showing that in openly stating this is who I am, be it atheist, skeptic or gay, there is no shame. That is how it should be and we should all strive to live to that example in our lives.


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written by thaddeusfavour, March 22, 2010
I too hope for a world where a persons sexuality isn't an issue. It isn't to me, but sadly I know there are others who spend far too much time worrying over what is none of their business. Until the time comes when being gay is a non-issue, taking this stand is a brave thing to do. Congratulations on taking the step.
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Congratulations
written by Abdu, March 22, 2010
Congratulations, Mister Randi.

It's sad I feel an urge to congratulate you and cheer you up after your statement. Let you and me live long enough to see the world in which it won't matter anymore if you're gay or straight. Where people won't have to hide and come out, where it is just accepted.
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Endless forms most beautiful
written by Mona, March 22, 2010
Congratulations and good cheer, Randi!

It's amazing what a difference perspective makes. Are you lying on the grass or hurtling through space? To some people, when you're in love plumbing doesn't matter.

And when I first saw dark-skinned people (I was about four), my mother simply explained, "People come in different colors, just like horses." And I loved horses. And she knew it.

So nothing has changed and we still love you, but I hope the sky's brighter, your step lighter, and your path smoother because you're true to yourself.

Best of luck!
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Congratulations
written by BigSteve, March 22, 2010
I would just like to add my voice to those here congratulating you on having the courage to 'come out' so openly at this stage in your life. Like most of us, I don't care one way or the other whether you are gay or not, but I can imagine that for someone who grew up in less enlightened times, the decision was not an easy one.
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More of the same with some extras thrown in
written by mude44, March 22, 2010
Well, I'm just another brand new member who joined to offer my heartfelt support and undying admiration and respect for you and your work Mr. Randi.

I truly wish we lived in a world where one's race, creed, culture, gender or sexual orientation were not subject to discrimination, criticism or ridicule.

Alas this world may never be perfect, luckily it is easy to lose sight of these spite-filled naysayers amongst throngs of well wishers, friends and loved ones offering you their congratulations, reverence and adoration.

Once again, thank you Mr. Randi for all that you've done so far and for everything you have yet to do.

All the best!
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Host, "NYC Atheists Live! (On Tape)"
written by XaurreauX, March 22, 2010
On behalf of NYC Atheists, Inc. I want to offer our congratulations and encouragement to keep fighting the good fight! We wish you continued success in both your professional and personal life.

XaurreauX

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Well done
written by RobbieD, March 22, 2010
Wishing you well
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Well done you!
written by Gaius Cornelius, March 23, 2010
Your preferences do not matter to me – you are still one of my heroes.

It should not matter to anybody else either, but it does as this recent news story shows: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8578787.stm. Predictably, religion is given as justifying prejudice.
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written by hankrango, March 23, 2010
i became a fan of your's when i was 13 years-old and saw you (on film - in australia) chasing alice cooper around stage with a bizzarro dental drill. i read about you in various magazines and knew you rocked. a few years later i cheered as you put don lane in his place over that old quack doris stokes. your treatise on atheism (on this site) is a necessary read - as many of my friends relised when i foistered it upon them. repeatedly (heh heh). as a straight skeptic to a gay skeptic let me say this ... hats off to you, randi. keep enjoying your incredible life, and you will always remain a hero to me.
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By the way...
written by IanKoro, March 23, 2010
I'd like to point out that for a bunch of "closed minded skeptics", I don't see a lot of hostility.
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written by Gib, March 23, 2010
IanKoro,
I think on this issue we may have shown ourselves to be closed minded, and rightfully so.
We have decided that someone's sexuality is not an issue, and closed our minds to other opinions.
Just the way it should be...
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I'm with Jordan Lund and J McCloud
written by Jennifer Kepler, March 23, 2010
Randi,
I too hadn't ever considered your sexuality important to your message. while I know that sexuality is a part of who we are- for me you are an inspiration for many reasons- and I have never really even considered your sexuality to be part of the equation- while I think it is sad, in a way, that people are still compelled to feel like they have to come out- because society needs this declaration and that it i s not just equivalent to declaring a preference for Pepsi or Coke (yet - and great example J McCloud) - if by coming out you are feeling a sense of relief, or pride, or something positive and others are inspired, that's a good thing. smilies/smiley.gif
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Welcome out!
written by AZBuck, March 23, 2010
Welcome to the great big world outside, Mr. Randi. For all us "gay" folks out here who understand that it's more than just about having sex (homosexual) we're pleased to welcome you.
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Smiles
written by Avalon, March 23, 2010
I'm very glad for you, and mostly, very glad for the skepticism you have shared and taught us to defend over the years.
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Congratulations!!!
written by Gilgameshjones, March 23, 2010
My sincere congratulations to you and wishes for continued success! I hope you can somehow use this revelation as an educational tool.

Wish we lived in a world where being in the closet was unnecessary to begin with...
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Shocked
written by Wheelywim, March 23, 2010
I always was a great fan of you, but now my worldview is upside down. What a terrible news, i am shocked!
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But seriously, congratulations. I realize that in the U.S. it takes more courage to come out than in Holland, where i live. Here almost every well known artist is gay smilies/grin.gif so it isn't an issue here.
I hope all the Americans realize that there is nothing scary about homosexuality.
Keep fighting the WooWoo!!!!
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written by Blondin, March 23, 2010
Well, that couldn't have been easy but you did it.

I knew I chose right in making you one of my heroes.
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Well done
written by blueshift, March 23, 2010
Like Wheelywim, I am from Holland (City of Nijmegen; where do you live Wheelywim?). Most Dutch people's position towards gays and lesbians is certainly pretty relaxed. Nevertheless, it takes great courage to publicly state your sexuality, no matter where you live. Randi's position in the public eye makes it all the more difficult, I imagine.

That makes the open and eloquent way in which he came out all the more admirable. Keep up the great work mr. Randi. After all, that's what people will remember you for, not your personal life!
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And ...
written by dstallma, March 23, 2010
My first thought was "so what". Let's hope there comes a day when no one finds your sexual orientation a bit interesting. Just boring and normal.
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James Randi
written by SashaNichole, March 23, 2010
Your personal preferences don't change the way I feel about you.

You like many others on here, have helped me become a critical thinker. Now my children will learn to be critical thinkers, and one day the world will be made of more critical thinkers than not.

I think no less of you. I admire you for your ability to share such a personal thing with the world. Even though it leaves you open to low blows from your "enemies".

You're a very admirable person. I hope to one day be as smart as you are. : )

With Love From Utah,
Sasha
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written by GeraldEmerald, March 23, 2010
I'm not diminishing the effort it took for you to say this BUT...

Your sexuality is about as fascinating as your taste of cars/operating systems/dogs...

I couldn't give a flying fudge who you are attracted to. I only care that a great man like you has found peace at last.

Freethinkers the world over do not care. It's irrelevant. Us younger folk truly don't give a shiz...

All we know is that we love as much as we always did. Take care Sir!!!! smilies/grin.gif smilies/grin.gif smilies/grin.gif
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written by TGrover, March 23, 2010
We love you Randi smilies/smiley.gif
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written by Peter S, March 23, 2010
Randi has been a hero to me since the early 1960s. The fact that he is gay, something I had suspected for years, makes no difference; he is still a hero to me. I'm not gay, but in my youth I was beaten up because someone thought I was, so perhaps I can be thought of as an "honorary gay person". I long don't long for the day that gay people accepted, I long for the day that no one cares. Look how much attention this announcement has gotten! I long for a day when an announcement such as this doesn't even cause a bat of an eye or a shrug of the shoulder.
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written by car air purifier, March 23, 2010
There has been progress.
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Congratulations!
written by mlanger, March 23, 2010
I'm glad you felt comfortable about telling us, but sad that you felt that you had to wait so long. We all still love and respect you. Best wishes always.
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written by whubris, March 23, 2010
Mr Randi, I'm sure that behind your revelation lies a lifetime's worth of personal and social trauma. For such an outspoken man to deliberately avoid revealing such a fundamental aspect of his character, even to his closest friends, illustrates just how difficult it must have been and how twisted and sick our society is. I congratulate you on your strength.

Thanks to you, we're now one step closer to a world where respect for an individual is unaffected by their sexual orientation.
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written by Morticia, March 23, 2010
Good on you for coming out. For me, it is no issue at all. But I'm in a country where we've had homosexual marriage for years. Homosexuals have had the exact same rights as heterosexuals here (Netherlands) including access to IVF and child adoption.
It's about time that the rest of the world followed- there is NOTHING negative about homosexuality.
I'm happy for you, Randi, that you came out!
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And my color is...
written by bujanda, March 23, 2010
So?

This is similar to say: My favorite color es green, or blue, or white, etc.

Or should be.

Regards.
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written by maladjusted, March 23, 2010
I don't know how I didn't know this- I am a lesbian, and every man I have ever had a crush on turned out to be gay. And I've always loved Mr. Randi! Guess I need to polish up the ol' gaydar.
You're even more of a hero to me, now, sir,and I wish you never had to live your life in the shadows. It takes courage to come out publicly, and the respect I already had for you has grown immensely.
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written by EthicalEgoist, March 23, 2010
Mr. Randi,

You're my hero. I registered just to say how much I admire you, and you have my unconditional support about this. And I love you, in a platonic non-gay sort of way... not that there's anything wrong with that
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written by Gib, March 24, 2010
Belmons, you're confusing sex and sexual orientation.
The first is important to most people. Sex is nice. Intimacy is nice.

What doesn't matter is whether you prefer that intimacy and sex with someone of your own or the opposite gender.
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more breaking news about Randi
written by Jacco, March 24, 2010
"There is more news from the James Randi Educational Foundation. After his recent coming out as gay, now the Amazing one has another shocking revalation:..." read more:
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written by Jacco, March 24, 2010
Are links not allowed..? Another try:
jacbur.blogspot.com (forward slash) 2010 (forward slash) 03 (forward slash) breaking-news-james-randi-has-beard.html
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Best wishes, kind sir...
written by Human Person Jr, March 24, 2010
Thank you for the announcement, and thank you for all you've done for this world.

Your love for your fellow humans has shown through, in all your work. There is a sizable set of your fellow humans who love you right back. That is an awesome commentary on anyone's situation in life.

Your book, The Faith Healers, shows that genuine concern for others. It shows how despicable you find those con artists, as well as exposing just how they work their magic. (Oddly enough, a faith healer, Oral Roberts, helped put me on the skeptical path, way back when I was in my teens.)

Thank you again. Your greatness seems to grow, year by year by year. You are truly a remarkable man (some might say an AMAZING man!).
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written by Old Coyote, March 24, 2010
Well, Randi, if "stand and fight" you must it appears that you have a legion of us who will stand and fight with you! Your sexual orientation is irrelevant to the good work you have done.

On the other hand, you're not a Leafs fan are you?
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Congrats on coming out!
written by Griz, March 24, 2010
We should be sufficiently advanced as a society that a person's sexual orientation should not matter. Ultimately I hope we won't even think in terms of sexual orientation but simply that the whole of the human race is open for each of us to find our life partner, our soulmate. Sadly, we're not there yet. To me, one of the great services that rationalism and skepticism perform is demonstrating that bigotry has no rational basis. Even in a time when you can make an announcement like this openly there is still an inculturated bias against gays, especially for those of us that are older. We all need to work together and do what we can to eliminate that bias entirely.

I think this was exactly the right forum for you to make this announcement because it gives all of us the chance to show our support for you. It's something we say to our kids but I believe it's universally true: if your friends can't accept you for who you are then they are not your friends.

I can't believe there is anyone in your circle of friends and associates who will do anything other than congratulate you for being who you are, but if there are negative folks, who need 'em?
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Randi "living the lie"? I don't see it.
written by Skeptic, March 24, 2010
I am not sure why some people here attack Randi for "living a lie" until today.

He never married a woman for appearances; never declared homosexuality is wrong or that he's against it; never did anything to suggest anything about his sexuality in public one way or the other. So where's the "lie"? Keeping his sexuality private? Why is it other people's business?
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written by Belmons, March 24, 2010
Gib, I agree our sexual orientation doesn't matter to sensible people, but we live in the real world, not in an ideal rational one. If something matters to people who write "sacred" texts, and to people who even now, in modern countries, have considerable power and influence, then it matters. As I undertstand, in several American states today, you can go to jail for performing certain common variations of sexual activity, even if it's with your legal spouse. It doesn't "matter" if a woman wears a short skirt, but my goodness, if she tries it in a strict Muslim country, she'll find it does matter very much. If Randi's sexuality doesn't matter now, then logically it never did matter. So why didn't he come out when he was young? We all know why.
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written by Wheelywim, March 24, 2010
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A 'maverick conservative' speaks up
written by SmorgasOfBorg, March 24, 2010
Though I am not gay, my epiphany about my attitudes towards gays came from no other than 'The Father of Modern Conservatism", the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater. In the 1980's when he was asked about gays serving openly in the U.S. military, he said, "Who the hell said you have to be heterosexual to be able to shoot straight?"

Thanks for being a 'strait shooter', Randi. My admiration for you just moved up yet another notch.

Peace be with you always.
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Priorities
written by rabidrobot, March 24, 2010
Mr Randi, you're still a skeptic, though, right? Into debunking and enlightening, working towards reason and critical thinking in education and children? Author of Flim-Flam & The Faith Healers among others? Those books and articles have always kept me interested, I hope that hasn't changed. Because, no offense, this post was bor-ing.
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Good or bad?
written by JzG, March 24, 2010
I'm not sure whether it's good that you can now say this or bad that it's been so long. As far as I'm concerned the day can't come too soon when public "coming out" is no longer considered necessary or significant.
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A clarification.
written by Skeptic, March 24, 2010
I don't think people are either glad or sad about the *fact* that Randi is homosexual. They are glad that he *finally openly admitted* to being homosexual.
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written by Kapitano, March 24, 2010
Great that you finally feel able to come out. Mr Randi. And sad that it took so long for the right climate to arrive.

I have to admit - as a gay man who was always too lazy to lie about it - you always did set off my gaydar. Maybe it's the flamboyant showmanship, or the ironic sense of humour - it's certainly nothing psychic!

You'll always be The Amazing. Now you can be The Fabulous too :-).
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Good For You
written by decojuicer, March 24, 2010
Mr. Randi,

Please know that I say this with all do respect and support. I couldn't give a frog's fat hind end if you are a homosexual or not.

I have never even thought of your sexuality, and I may never again. To me, you have always been a beacon of skeptical light in the dark sea of stupidity. And you will continue to be that. Always.

If making this declaration makes you feel better about yourself, then I am very glad that you did it. There should be no reason that you, or anybody, should have to hide who they chose to love.

I say, good for you!! Now let's get back to shining that light on all of the hucksters and frauds out there.

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What?!?!... Oh wait!!... Phew... ...that was CLOSE!!!
written by danieljref, March 24, 2010
...I thought he was going to say he is Amish. You know... the beard and all...

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I don't *think* ZZ-Top are Amish. Or gay.
written by Kapitano, March 24, 2010
...I thought he was going to say he is Amish. You know... the beard and all...

If beards and wisdom made you gay, then Dumbledore would have been...

Erm, to play Gandalf, Ian McKellen would...

Socrates...

Drat.
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Big hug to you!!
written by JQuest777, March 24, 2010
I've admired you for quite some time. Now I admire you even more.
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Way to Be Randi!
written by Bunkai, March 24, 2010
I just found out my biggest hero is gay! James, you are the man, have always been the man, and always will be the man! You took Houdini's torch and ran head-on against pseudo-science and quackery and then used it to light a bonfire for reality. Proud of you. smilies/grin.gif
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The tide is turning
written by quizmasterchris, March 24, 2010
Hello Mr. Randi -

I've been following you on the web for a few years and this is my first comment on your site ever.

How great that you can finally speak freely about who you are. Add me to the list of people who find you as wonderful today as I did yesterday.

I forwarded this link to my wife, who has recently begun running a club for gay and supportive youth at the high school where she teaches. Just think, sir, our public schools are now paying for sexual minority clubs to meet afterschool! This is a great sign that the battle for acceptance is well on its way to being won, likely sooner in fact than many of the other battles you've breavely joined through the years. Let that fact be of further joy to you.

I'm hoping some of the kids will read your statement and the positive reinforcement from your online friends and get something out of that early in life.

Thanks for being you!
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Honesty is easier on the soul
written by patternbuilder, March 25, 2010
Good for you, Mr. Randi. smilies/smiley.gif
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Congrats!
written by Algo, March 25, 2010
Congratulations! I know that wasn't easy, but it sure as hell must feel a lot better. I saw MILK last year and thought Sean Penn did an amazing job to. Anyways, Congratulations again!
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Thank you
written by pyrperson, March 25, 2010
I am a lurker. I read the posts but usually never write anything. But this time I simply had to become a participant. Randi, you have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I admired you as a performer when I was still a child in NY watching you do magic on TV. I own (and have read) all of your books, and I make sure that you are mentioned in every college psychology textbook that I am asked to review. When I first met you at TAM 6 years ago, I was afraid that my own mental image of my hero would be shattered, but it certainly was not. You were and are as wonderful in person as I had imagined you would be.

I consider this latest revelation to be icing on the cake. Was I surprised? No, not really. I have paid enough attention to notice that you never seemed to be involved with any women. Does it change anything? Of course it does. Whenever you share your life with those of us who admire you from afar, we feel closer to you.

Thank you for this sharing. Please stay well and try to remain with us for as long you can. I know that is very selfish on my part, but it makes me sad to know that someday the world will have to continue without you. The only time I ever really understood the attraction those religious people have for religion was when you were sick. I desperately wanted to do something to help, but there was nothing I could do. If I had been a religious person, I could have prayed. Oh, why can't we find something that is meaningful that we can do to help in a situation like this?
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Uh, okay...
written by Gsparky2004, March 25, 2010
Randi,

Let me add a comment which will probably be misconstrued by many, but I hope you understand: I don't care.

Now, let me explain. How you choose to live your life is your business, and is the business of no one else. So long as it doesn't affect me, I don't care. I have several friends who are homosexual, and I care about it as much as they care about the fact that I wear glasses. They're my friends because they are people of good character.

Isn't this what you are striving for?
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written by Willy K, March 25, 2010
Randi... it's not so important that you pass down your genes...

It's more important that you pass along your memes. smilies/wink.gif
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written by blueshift, March 25, 2010
@wheelywim
Leeuwarden is a pretty long way from Nijmegen! Guess we'll have to stick to the forums then.
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Hugs
written by Davina, March 25, 2010
Hugs with lots of love.

All the best,
Davina
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Much Admiration for Randi
written by zams, March 25, 2010
My great respect for you has grown even deeper. Please watch the excellent documentary, The Times of Harvey Milk (1984). Don't concern yourself with the haters. Their intolerance will only prove to show how ignorant they really are.
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Thank you
written by Mark, March 25, 2010
'Those titters of joy will be unheard over the murmur of acceptance that I confidently expect from my friends'

While we have yet to meet, please hear my own small mumur of acceptance. You have given of your time, energy, and efforts in ways that few others have. 'Inspirational' is an overused term, but not in your case.

Oh, and when you hear the jeers of the grubbies, try to have a little empathy for the pain they must constantly be in. It's got to hurt, dragging their knuckles on the ground like they do.
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Just another quick reponse
written by psychointegrator, March 25, 2010
Hail James Randi,

Fun fact to know about you as it seems I just like to know just to know... Doesn't change my appreciation for the energy and effort of truth seeking and bunk revealing you have gifted humanity with of course (it would seem odd indeed if it did matter from my perspective).

More candlelight in the darkness of human ignorance and bigotry smilies/wink.gif

Be well.
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written by Paulhoff, March 26, 2010
aristetelis,

The way you are sexually is not a style of living. It is what you are. When did you choose to be straight.

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You had me scared for a second...
written by bobcarp23, March 26, 2010
From the title "How To Say It", I was afraid you were going to tell us that you actually DO believe in gods and astrology and mediums and fortune tellers and tarot cards, etc., or that you and Sylvia Brown were secretly married or something… But it was just that you were gay. Whew, that’s a relief.
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written by sfdyoung, March 26, 2010
Gay Randi, Straight Randi, all that really matters is Randi. Keep up the great, inspirational work you've always done; everything else is just background noise.
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written by laursaurus, March 26, 2010
Even the world's most renown critical-thinker, an avowed atheist, must put all these aside when speaking of catastrophic climate change.


Dude, you are in serious need of some sensible memes. I guess you just haven't been listening. smilies/wink.gif
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Yes but are you available... smilies/wink.gif
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written by mtwelles, March 26, 2010
Mr. Randi, I really didn't see the need for this announcement. Like many on this board, my thought process went like this, "Wow...eh, so what? It doesn't affect his life's work or message."

I'm happy we live in a time when this reaction is relatively common.

mtwelles in Seoul
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It IS getting better...
written by huonia, March 28, 2010
As a middle school science teacher, I was pleasantly amazed when, for the first time in a 15 year career, one of my 12-year-olds decided to "come out" to his classmates during one of my science classes last year. It was following my explanation of the anti-gay-marriage vote in CA and my student asked me, with all ears attending, "Where will I be able to get married?" The room froze and all eyes looked in my direction. I just said, "I dunno, Timmy, maybe in Massachusetts," and went ahead with my lesson. It normalized the topic and my student smiled broadly. The next day he offered, "I'm gonna move to MA so I can get married." And I said, "I think you need to meet the right person first."

My point is, it didn't raise the roof. And the kid, who had previously been a notorious extrovert and hellraiser, began stepping into his own light from that day forward.

Randi, you are now and have always been one of the very best. Peace and love to you!
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On balance, I'm very proud of the commenters above...
written by Human Person Jr, March 28, 2010
but I shouldn't have to be. All people should respect (if not love) their fellow humans, their choices as well as their innate attributes, those over which they have/had no choice whatever. It is insanity that one human could hate another human for such a trivial reason as sexual orientation.

This issue of gay versus straight is a tired and unnecessary one.

My grandson, who gave me James Randi's The Faith Healers as a birthday present, is a big, handsome strapping boy, an athlete with a beautiful girlfriend. Still, he had no fear or qualms in, for instance, choosing to write his Senior English term paper on society's obligation to respect the rights and human dignity of gay people. How cool is that? Can you imagine the pride I take in this boy?

I have that same pride in my fellow skeptics who give not a DAMN about James Randi's sexual orientation. But, not to belabor a point, why should they?

James Randi has justified his existence on this planet thousands of times over. James Randi, you're one of my heroes, and I absolutely love and appreciate what you've given the world.
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There goes the theme song.
written by awalmo, March 28, 2010
I was just about...I mean I was so, so close to suggesting a Randi theme song...you'll never guess, it was going to be "To All The Girls I've Loved Before." Oh, well, guess I'll just have to rethink the whole thing. smilies/wink.gif

Anyway, for me The Amazing Randi hasn't changed a bit. Keep up the fantastic work.

Wait...an idea. Now your out...is there a type of guy you like? I mean, I have friends...Maybe...well, I'm just saying... smilies/grin.gif
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written by Puppycow, March 28, 2010
Good for Randi!

Coming out is a very positive thing. I don't believe every gay person is obligated to come out, but coming out makes life easier for other gays and makes life harder for the haters who want to keep gays marginalized and stigmatized.

Much respect.
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written by hastur, March 29, 2010
Mr Randi just became even more awesome.
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mr. randi-
written by xvbones, March 29, 2010
I cannot imagine this will mean anything to you, there are a hundred million posts on this page already so I can't imagine you'll ever see it.

One of the few things I ever had in common with my father was a mutual love for stage magic. My father had a poster book collection of magic-act posters - there were no less than three of yours. My father saw you live once, and told me, trick for trick, everything you'd done.

I have watched you on television, I have read you in print and here on the internet, I have watched you work on the internet, on television, on tape.

If you had said here that you were not homosexual, but in fact a three-headed monster from the Andromeda galaxy, I still would not care.

You are my hero, Mr. Randi.
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Just signed up to say
written by rajrao, March 29, 2010
there's no one to fight.

Heartfelt wishes!
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How to say it...
written by luisclaudio, March 29, 2010
Well, I have to say that, when I read today about you "comming out" as a homossexual, I was shocked, and I don't like that. I found myself kinda filled with prejudice just like the people I live and work with, with me trying to be the "voice of reasoning" in some discussions about this and other complicated subjects. I have to admit that I feel like that father who caught his daughter dating a black guy and discovers himself a racist, a hipocrit. I'm ashamed about myself and maybe I'm not that qualified to take front of anything related to reasoning or some sort of subject, including that I'm not even able to put things into a reasonable perspective even to my family. My congratulations to you for taking this corageous and very nice attitude which I hope will help all the homossexuals perhaps even in my country, who's living a very bizarre anti-gay reaction because of a reallity-show program recently. I'm being honest, I was surprised in a bad way and also surprised about my reaction.
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written by cgbspender, March 29, 2010
Hi from France,

I just happened to read this thread, which I received from a good friend of mine, and I must say, I'm really touched by the way you expressed it. I am gay myself, and even though I have not always been an active gay regarding the Rights of Homosexuals, I have always been convinced that only this attitude is the key to being accepted. My friends know about who I really am, and so do my parents and close family, and so do some of my colleagues. I lost some of them in the process, that can't be denied, but it's really not something I or one should care about. I am also convinced that it will take another or more decade before we're considered equal. But you definitely underestimate the reach this post of yours has and will have. "And I think that I have already won this battle by simply publishing this statement." Not just you wins this battle. We all do, somehow. It may be unsignificant to some, but this is the first brick. Best Regards. Matthieu, 26, France.
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written by mishleaub, March 30, 2010
I'm a 20-year-old college student, and I grew up in the rural state of Wisconsin. I've been out since I was 14, and to imagine a time that it wasn't okay to do that is unfathomable.

While you seem to think it's not a big deal, you have no idea how big it truly is.

I first learned of you in my Advanced Placement Psychology class back in high school. I can recall being impressed with you, and it makes me feel proud to know that a man who has done so much happens to be gay.

This type of thing is such a big deal to kids who are just coming out- for those who are told that gay people are not normal, everyday folk. For those who are taught that to be gay is to be an evil, vile thing not even worthy of loving parents.

So, in many ways your coming out is much larger than yourself. I hope you've found your coming out to be pleasant, I'm sure most people are happy to know that you such an awesome dude is gay. I certainly am.

-Blair Mishleau
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written by sciencebzzt, March 31, 2010
James Randi is an idol of mine. But really, who cares? I honestly think we're at a point where it doesn't matter anymore. So you're gay. Ok, nothing changes about you, you're still awesome. I just don't think this changes anything at all, it's not like we're living in the 50s where young people need a positive role model to come out so they feel ok about it. People feel ok about it already. I just think its a bit too much info.
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written by cwniles, March 31, 2010
Frankly, Mr. Randi's sexual orientation was a question I never entertained.

Just to be clear however, I always thought Mr. Randi was intelligent, open minded and a credit to the human race. Your recent declaration has not modified that opinion one bit.


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Dr. Seuss
written by thoffnagle, March 31, 2010
I think that Dr. Seuss said it best:

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
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written by Darwin Harmless, March 31, 2010
Mr. Randi, you've been one of my heroes for many years. I registered just so I could add my pat on the back to the good wishes already expressed. While I'm mostly heterosexual myself, I believe love is wherever a person finds it. So good love to you, sir.
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written by paulorton, March 31, 2010
Randi- I hope that the messages of support will ensure that you are comfortable with letting the cat out the bag at last. I suspect many may have seen the shape of a cat within the bag anyway. As a straight man I applaud you for standing up for yourself, and wish you every happiness. Like many others I believe that the right to be gay is the big human rights issue that faces the world today.
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written by neminem, March 31, 2010
Wow. I'm glad to personally live in the sort of world where coming out isn't even an issue, and nobody will really care one way or the other (except possibly to congratulate you on conclusively figuring out something about yourself, rather than being on the fence about it). The fact that the whole world isn't yet like that is terribly depressing, and I certainly look forward to the time when that will no longer be true - and I certainly agree that religion has played somewhat of a part in holding that back.

Mostly, though, I'm just amused - that I came here from the Brights' bulletin, and then seeing your first sentence... you just described exactly my feelings on that term, "Bright". Gay, on the other hand, really never bugged me. Possibly because I am (despite my best efforts to not use that word) a Bright, while I'm 100% straight.
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Who woulda thunk it?
written by souper genyus, March 31, 2010
You learn something new every day. I'm glad you are finally confident enough to be honest about this. Personally, my opinion of you hasn't changed a bit. You're... well... Amazing! I'm sure every one of your fellow rationalists, skeptics, and humanists are in full support of you!
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Another admirable person to add to the list!
written by Christine, March 31, 2010
Dear Mr. Randi,
I have been a fan for a long,long time and for almost as long I thought you might be Gay. So your coming out makes absolutely no difference to me. I read your books and blogs to learn about the real world, one not enslaved with religion. As a matter of fact you helped me discover that my quarrel was not just with religion, but with the whole concept of god. I have never felt freer or happier since I discovered that "they" are wrong.It is possible to have a happy, loving moral life without the fear.
I love you very much. Thank you!
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written by Fallon, March 31, 2010
Hi there Mr Randi,

Just got the word that this blog post existed via the Brights newsletter, and I felt compelled to register and offer my congratulations, thanks and support.

Certainly it's none of my business as to your sexual orientation - nor, indeed, is it anybody's but your own and your prospectiver partners' - and I must confess it's not something that I had ever considered one way or the other before. But I should very much like to congratulate you on sharing such an intimate detail of your identity with the public (just because it's okay and normal to be gay, doesn't mean it's easy!), and I hope you are at least HALF as proud of yourself as your many supporters are of you.

My dearest, closest friend is a man who is attracted to other men (like yourself he rather resents the term 'gay', on the grounds that it's meaningless: there's a million and one ways to be 'gay', to the point that generalising according to where one directs one's affections - or privates! - is fairly meaningless), so the pursuit of equality for same-sex relationships is something that's quite close to my heart.

I suppose that I want to thank you for two reasons:

1) Firstly, you are a role model to many many young people (you've certainly been a role model of mine since I was old enough to read). It seems statistically quite likely that a decent number of those young people feel predominately attracted to members of the same sex. The dearth of encouraging role models for young homosexual people is quite worrying, and potentially very harmful. I think that when James Randi transmits the message "you needn't feel alone" by sharing his own sexual orientation, a lot of those young fans who might struggle with their sexual identity are going to pay attention. So I thank you for that.

2) The other reason I want to thank you is perhaps a bit more complex in some respects. I suppose I just really love the idea that a man who has compellingly argued in favour of a more secular/humanist model of behaviour will now be able to use some of his skill to demonstrate that the pursuit of a rationalist, skeptical ideal is EXACTLY the same issue as the pursuit for equal homosexual rights.

I salute you, Mr Randi, and I wish you happiness so profound that it might make up for the years of pain that you have endured.
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Finally commenting on Randi
written by turekmi, April 02, 2010
Dear Mr. Randi,
I read your book Flim Flam when i was 12, and you changed my life. I have led a life of reason since reading you and other authors teach me to reject irrationality in all it's forms. I even met a wonderful rational wife... rationality and objectivity have made me a happier. And I have you to thank for starting me on the right track. THANK YOU!... took me 31 years, sorry so long.

Mike Turek
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written by kittenz, April 06, 2010
Gosh Mr. Randi,

When you said "How to Say It?", I was really apprehensive that the next statement would be "I've been born again". What a relief that you're just adding your name to the roster of public persons who have come out smilies/smiley.gif.

I can see the point of some of the people who ask why you waited so long, but maybe those people didn't grow up in the extremely repressive society in which you have lived much of your life. You have already shown your courage time after time by taking on Big Religion and Famous Frauds. Your private life is nobody's business but your own. I long for the day when it just does not matter who dates whom.

I've been a fan for ages. You've done so much to promote healthy skepticism and critical thinking. When I was younger, I read a lot of nonsense, and even believed some of it (ancient astronauts? lake of fire where bad people go when they die? ghosts? astrology?) - what can I say. I was young and impressionable. Largely due to you and other brave skeptics who publicly exposed such things for the fairy tales that they are, I was able to extract myself from that mental quagmire.

I was disappointed to see Loren Coleman's negative allusions to this when he reported it on his Cryptomundo bloghttp://www.cryptomundo.com/cry...eirdrandi/. I'm quoting here, but the emphasis is mine:

“Tim Cridland is best known for his startling human blockhead act for the Jim Rose Sideshow Circus, but here he takes a long, hard, critical look at the career of leading skeptic James Randi and some of the inconsistencies it seems to contain.”

What is most interesting about this overview of Randi’s life is to now read it in light of the double life that James Randi has indeed lived. As some readers here may know, James Randi just came out of the closet to reveal he is gay. Considering how harsh he has been on others, one wonders how this all plays out in light of his sometimes extremely personal attacks on those he has critiqued, whom it would seem, he often called to task for not being forthright enough.

Swift, named for Jonathan Swift, is the James Randi Education Foundation’s daily blog, featuring content from James Randi and others. He used that forum on March 21, after seeing the movie Milk the week before, to declare himself to be “gay.”


I would not be surprised if a religious fundamentalist said something like that, but I am surprised that Loren said that. I would not have expected him to make insinuations that border on gay-bashing.
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written by RichW, April 06, 2010
I'm so disappointed - I mean, why did Uri Geller never tell us this?!

Honestly, if you're at peace with your sexual orientation and the world's ability to accept you for it then it's all good news. The very best to you Mr Randi!
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written by hemiola, April 07, 2010
Wow!


Found out about this accidentaly on youtube. First I thought it's another lame joke...

I am a little shocked, but in a slightly different way that one might anticipate. Far from being an expert in Randi's biography I knew that he's been single pretty much all his life. I just assumed that a man so dedicated to his craft - perhaps fanatically dedicated - never found the time (or interest) to pursue a woman and go through all the courtship, dating, settling down & having kids business. Well, the explanation turned out to be a much simpler one. I don't know how else to say it so I will say it: it seems that if you're a man above 30 and you're not married, then you gotta be gay, there's no 2 ways about it. I hope I don't come across as demeaning or negative (english is not my forst language as I'm sure you guessed).

As for those complaining about Mr. Randi leading a double life, not being utterly open and sincere, well... I guess they have a point, especially in view of the fact that it took him so long to come out. Here's one important distinction though. Most people Randi's been critical of (Poppoff, Browne, Geller) amassed fortunes at the expense of people's lives, careers, dreams, mental and physical health. I can't think of any situation where Mr. Randi being gay (and hiding it for +65 years) would have had the same consequences. Last but not least, one issue is private/personal in nature, the other not. If Mr Randi had chosen to reveal this much earlier - like 20 or 40 years ago - the issue would have been brought up countless times a completely irrelevant way, thus not only causing him distress but also interfering with his professional life.



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written by Adam Whyte, April 08, 2010
With the international gossip network that is the internet there are endless questions about individual's sexuality, usually when it bears no relevance to why we know of these people. There is no point to it. But coming out, at any age, is still a bold and meaningful thing to do; it is a decision we must make on our own, and instead of wishing everyone came out we should perhaps aspire to a world in which no one is afraid to.

I also understand the resentment of the word 'gay.' I am and have pretty much always been bisexual, and I feel fortunate to live in a world where I can live that lifestyle and be open about it without too much fear (not that I wear it on a t-shirt or anything, but I've only had to endure serious homophobes a couple of times). Like every bisexual person I've ever met, I do not like the word 'bisexual.' It has almost no useful connotations. I still have friends who, when referring to another bisexual person, will say to me 'so s/he's... like you?' Well, chances are the individual's sexuality is completely individual and could be completely different from mine, but they may also be bisexual. I didn't choose the word, but it's the most honest representation of my sexual feelings and history. Randi's memory will go back long before the accepted term was 'gay,' and indeed long enough back to remember when that word primarily meant happy and jolly. That's always been my problem with that word; its connotations seem condescending. Wiki informs me that the word came to mean carefree and uninhibited in the early 20th century as opposed to 'straight' which meant more respectable. This dichotomy ended up applying to sexuality, so like 'queer' it started as a euphemism that was 'reclaimed.'

To sum up: Randi, although this has virtually nothing to do with my respect for your work over the years, I always admire people for making the decision to come out, at any age. I'm not sure if it's possible for me to have more respect for you than I previously did, but if it is, I do.

P.S. Of course, some people are skeptical of the existence of bisexuality. I can only say that if there were a million dollar challenge to prove its existence, I'd have a lot of fun getting that money.
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written by magicrcook, April 08, 2010
I've always wanted to be taller. I tell others I'm 5'7 but I'm only 5"6. I blame it on Darwin and my parents. I often wonder why they didn't make me taller, since I always liked basketball. Bummer! But being vertically challenged was not an excuse in other fields. This was the cross I had to bear . But since there was no cross and no bearer it worked out OK. It worked out pretty well for Randi also. My sincere thanks and deepest gratitude for opening the eyes of millions.
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written by gerrywastaken, April 10, 2010
I'm another (straight guy) who has registered just to congratulate you. Your work has been very beneficial to many over the years, so I was always quite sad that you never mentioned having a partner apart from the Sophia Loren lusting. This explains that absence and makes me happy to know that you have not gone without in your personal life.

Once again, congrats and keep up the fantastic work. You are truely one of the most underrated people to have every walked the earth. Hopefully some day I'll be lucky enough to shake your hand and take a photo.

--Gerry
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So Many Accolades
written by orsman167, April 10, 2010
Hi James, only just discovered your work through the Bright's Bulletin. And I'm another who registered with the Foundation just to congratulate you on your openness. As a out-gay man since age 19 (now 52)I want to thank you for adding to the list of respected and respectable people who are freely and comfortably acknowledging their sexuality. I know that to write about Ricky Martin and you in the same paragraph may seem like something of a joke - but the truth is, as someone else pointed out earlier, the more that greater society "sees" that we are no threat - and in fact, are more to be treasured than feared - the more young adults will find it easier to say "me too..." - and the less young lives will be wasted (whether it be by intentional suicide or the more insidious excessive use of drugs and alcohol and unsafe sexual practices). Thank you, James.
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written by GaryLifo, April 12, 2010
Gay?? GAY?????

Now being sexually attracted to your own gender I can understand, but gay??

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Apologies to anyone who has already cracked the same gag.
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written by BillDarryl, April 13, 2010
Oh, great... does this mean that the entertainment at TAM will now be "Thunder from Down Under" and that dude who dresses like Joan Rivers?
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Congratulations, Randi. Your level of courage never ceases to amaze.
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written by christo930, April 13, 2010
I must say I am very disappointed. I'm not disappointed that you are gay or came out of the closet, just disappointed that you think Barney Frank, Ellen DeGeneres and Rachel Maddow to be good company. There are so many better people to feel a kinship with. Barney Frank is a typical lying politician who lied in congress to protect Franklin Raines who was destroying Freddie and Fannie. Rachael Maddow is a smart alec know it all political hack and Ellen DeGeneres is another person who just loves to rub people the wrong way. You should be more proud to share the list with men like Walt Whitman, Julius Caesar and countless inventors, statesmen, scientists and other people who helped shape the world. To compare yourself to the likes of B. Frank is just a travesty. You deserve to be recognized in much better company.
I hope that you have a partner and that you and he are happy.
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written by CMalburn, April 14, 2010
Well done, Randi. It's great that you've done it, and I can't imagine what it's like to be homosexual in a time and place that it was so taboo, and looked down upon- in fact the closest I can imagine in my experience is being an atheist, surrounded by lots of tutting Christians! Hope this "coming out" makes you feel more at ease.
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written by wytco0, April 21, 2010
Hi James, mainly I am sad to hear your news, sad not to hear your gay but sad that you have to wait for such a long time to be able to be open about it and therefore that you have had to spend so many years hiding the truth.

This is in no way a criticism I join everyone else congratulating you on your statement.

Enjoy the future I am sure that the rest of your life will be calmer and happier.

Oh and as this is my first post I want to thank you for your tireless campaigning for the truth in so many areas.

Regards

Tim
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Well Done
written by GaryHeron, April 21, 2010
Congratulations and best wishes and if I might quote from the Bard
"And this above all unto thine own self be true and it shall follow as the day the night - thou can'st not then be false to any man."
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written by lds8714, April 24, 2010
Hi Randi,
I think a proper, respectful, response to your statement is "so what?" I have freckles. So what?

You're one of my heroes because of your talent, intelligence, integrity, and for all the work you've done on behalf of rational thought. (And you also appear to be a nice fellow, which doesn't hurt.)

The color of your eyes, or whatever it was you mentioned in your blog (I've forgotten already) is hardly an issue. For a certain Neanderthal segment of our population, these kinds of things unfortunately matter. But those Neanderthals are already a subset of the irrational population that JREF is trying to help anyway.
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written by carturo222, April 27, 2010
I just created an account to say that my high opinion of you has not changed a bit.
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Homophobia and religion
written by Matthew Shute, April 29, 2010
I look forward to a day when all of the irrational taboos and terrors about sex and sexuality have been relegated to the history books; and we can laugh about how people, at one time, became so hysterical about it. From what I can gather, much of the hysteria and homophobia flows from the ranks of literal-minded followers of the Abrahamic faiths. The eventual death of these religions will, I hope, take care of the worst of it. No doubt there are a few homophobic atheists around, too. Nevertheless, anyone who follows the Bible or Quran literally will be homophobic by default.
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@hmmmmmm
written by gerrywastaken, May 05, 2010
You should just come out already. Nobody is buying your homophobe cover story.
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@gerrywastaken
written by Human Person Jr, May 05, 2010
Noice, vurry noice indeed!

I was laughin' my ass off when I first saw your comment.
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(In)appropriate
written by Jyri T., May 06, 2010
I hope it's not inappropriate to say you (Randi) are very, very cute! smilies/wink.gif
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Gay? Oh, right .. now for something really important...
written by Howie51, May 06, 2010
James ...

Makes absolutely no difference to me. Your talents speak for themselves! But thanks for letting us know!

Cheers
Howie
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Gay or strate - israeli supporters wish you only the best!
written by aviv ron, May 09, 2010
and how about another kick in Uri Geller's butt for ol-time sake? ;-)
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written by musicebf, May 19, 2010
Geez, Randi. What is it with you and Dumbledore?
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Glad You're Out
written by DougKrueger, June 11, 2010
I've thought you were gay for decades, Randi. I was worried you'd never come out because I thought you'd feel better if you did. I'm glad you're out. Good for you.

But you didn't come out as gay just because Geller came out as a fake, did you? Just kidding!
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It don't mean a thing
written by Travis Wilde, June 19, 2010
Having first heard you on Long John so many years ago and following when I could on radio, TV, at SI, and JREF, I have to say that it neither occurred to me nor would it have made a scintilla of difference. I have always respected your integrity as a magician and skeptic.

Your "gayness" is a fact of life, like gravity.

Now onward.

In the words of Jean Shepherd, "Excelsior, you fatheads!"
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written by essay writer, June 21, 2010
Mr. Randy!

Thanks for the great post that I'm sure is a good example of courage and self-confidence for many people.

Regards
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written by essay writer, June 23, 2010
But sir,
Why it took you so long to admit that?
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written by travesti, June 23, 2010
as gay or homosexual patients who would denounce. escinsellik disease is gay or not. transphobia actual disease.thnk you for sharing
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written by pallab1234, August 10, 2010
respect.
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written by Kylenki, September 28, 2010
I'm late to the party. Very late. But I am also quite new to scepticism and, as circumstances would have it, quite new to being openly atheist and bisexual(only last year for both). So it came as a joy to hear that, you, Randi, were also like me in another fashion. Every time I see a prominent gay person, it feels as though a pressure is being let off inside me, as I see our ranks grow I know we are not alone, and the burden lightens.

So, with every gram of my being, thank you for everything.

Sincerely,
~Kyle
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I have no problem with your announcement except ...
written by Tom Johnston, October 01, 2010
You call Barney Frank and Rachel Maddow “good company”???? Come on, James, you can do better than that. Barney is a man who’s intellectual dishonest had done great harm to this country and Rachel Maddow is a bald-faced liar. Barney was the main player in the collapse of the home mortgage scandal and he has lied about it consistently. He has done almost incalculable damage to our country. Rachel’s profound dishonesty make journalists in general look bad. Why in the world would you put yourself in a class with such scumballs? If you actually believe they are good company, my respect for your logic and judgment has just been deflated. I am very disappointed, to put it mildly. In fact, it tells me something about you that I find disturbing. There are many wonderful gay people who you could have chosen to associate yourself with. Why in the world would you choose those two? Amazing!
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written by Tom Johnston, October 01, 2010
You call Barney Frank and Rachel Maddow “good company”???? Come on, James, you can do better than that. Barney is a man who’s intellectual dishonesty has done great harm to this country and Rachel Maddow is a bald-faced liar. Barney was the main player in the collapse of the home mortgage market and the subsequent financial collapse and he has lied about it consistently. He is a detestable human being! He has done almost incalculable damage to our country. Rachel’s profound dishonesty makes journalists in general look bad. Why in the world would you put yourself in a class with such scumbags? They are far worse than the frauds you expose. If you actually believe they are good company, my respect for your logic and judgment has just been deflated. I am very disappointed, to put it mildly. In fact, it tells me something about you that I find disturbing, especially for a man who seeks truth. There are many wonderful gay people who you could have chosen to associate yourself with. Why in the world would you choose those two? Have you lost your mind?
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written by Tom Johnston, October 01, 2010
You call Barney Frank and Rachel Maddow “good company”???? Come on, James, you can do better than that. Barney is a man who’s intellectual dishonest has done incalculable harm to this country and Rachel Maddow is a bald-faced liar. Barney was the main player in the collapse of the home mortgage scandal and subsequent financial collapse and he has lied about it consistently. Rachel’s profound dishonesty makes journalists, in general ,look bad. Why in the world would you put yourself in a class with such scumbags? If you actually believe they are good company, my respect for your logic and judgment has just been deflated. I am very disappointed, to put it mildly. In fact, it tells me something about you that I find disturbing. Why would a man you seeks the truth associate himself with two people who seem to be the enemy of truth? There are many wonderful gay people who you could have chosen to associate yourself with. Why in the world would you choose those two? Until today, you were one of my heroes – a man whose judgment I greatly respected.
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Death by association?
written by Darwin Harmless, October 01, 2010
@Tom Johnston
Well, gosh. They speak highly of you.
Seriously though, get over yourself. Your low opinion of Barney Frank and Rachel Maddows may be justified in your mind, but it is not shared by a lot of people. Taking a stick to James Randi because he mentions them as "good company" is just not acceptable. They are two of the most prominent gays in America, and have been showing the flag for civil rights and all the good causes (In Barney Frank's case even when he had to defend the freedom of speech of obnoxious idiots he detests), second openly gay member of the House of Representatives, first openly gay news anchor. I have no problem with you flaming prominent and celebrated people, but flaming James for mentioning their names is going too far.
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written by Ralph Smith, October 27, 2010
Catching up (on JREF) - this is a nice surprise. smilies/smiley.gif
Thanks for all you do!
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GOOD FOR YOU!!!
written by exquisitelady, December 15, 2010
Let me first tell you that I have not a clue how I ended up on your site because I was reading about my own industry - private planes! Nonetheless, I stumbled upon your post - personally, I don't think things happen by accident. Congratulations on being who you are and having the courage to announce it. I pray for you peace in your heart from this day forward and hope your courage rubs off on others and they find the strength to be who they are and free themselves from any 'secrets' they may have. Kudos to you!!!!
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written by Alexandre, December 23, 2010
Who gives a shit.
And I say that in the best way possible.
Anyone who reacts to these news with anything else than “good for you” has serious issues.
It sucks that you had to wait so much to freely say this. High five, Mr. Randi.
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We are a lot
written by lisugi, January 15, 2011
Congratulations Mr Randi! Here another skeptic gay. Gays (women and men), we are everywhere. We work, we love and we live, like the other people.
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Way to go James :)
written by Psychobunny, January 18, 2011
I registered here for the sole purpose of saying CONGRATULATIONS to James for having the courage to come out publicly.
I am gay also, and an atheist, a double "whammy" for my poor christian parents (now both deceased).

I also HATE the term "gay"! it conjurs some silly ideas. I act, look and behave exactly like any other man, only difference
is that I heart guys smilies/smiley.gif

I am also a member of Atheist Nexus and am looking for a good forum for gay atheists. Havent found one yet, so if anyone
can give me a suggestion, I would be greatful. smilies/smiley.gif

Oh, and hello everyone, this is my first post smilies/grin.gif
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Good on you, James
written by Patrick Nailon, March 24, 2011
Bully for you for coming out! I only just found out about it - got a little bored at work and went from reading about Houdini, to reading about you on Wikipedia, to reading this post.

As a straight person, I of course cannot even begin to fathom the difficulty of any gay person, ESPECIALLY someone born back in the pre-Depression era, but I work thru my church and on FaceBook and elsewhere to drive home the point that we are all as we were made to be - gay, straight, bi, transgender (it has been said that the only true aberration is to be asexual), and we all deserve the same rights, freedoms, justice and equality in society and under the law.

That all being said - nothing's really different at all. You're the same Randi you ever were, those who admire and support you still hold you in esteem, those who would like to poke you in the snoot are no less antagonistic (except, perhaps for some of the gay ones, possibly).

We are what we are. Nothing supernatural about that. Just plain natural.

Patrick Nailon
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