Jack Andraka: Maryland high school teen; scientist… and gay!

elph's picture

Jack Andraka… his earned accolades abound! If unaware, do a Google. Even the pope is impressed:
http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/pope-francis-honors-gay-teen-genius-c...

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Perhaps We Should Leave's picture

Um

Why is his gayness important? If he's a genius, should THAT be the fucking point?

WHO THE FUCK DECIDED THAT HIS GAYNESS IS SIGNIFICANT WHAT IS THIS STUPIDITY AAAAAAAAAAAGH

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elph's picture

In principle, you're quite correct!

Most of the earlier news items about this young scientist make no mention of his being gay... and that's to the credit of the news sources.

However, my mentioning it here has 2 explanations (I choose not to say "justifications"):

(1) This site is primarily of interest to those who are LGBT.

(2) And, if you read the link at end... I think you must admit that the pope failed to denigrate him even in the knowledge of his gayness is quite remarkable. I feel that is quite newsworthy.

jeff's picture

Well...

It is important because gayness is often invisible in ways that heterosexuality is not. Not to mention not defining someone public's sexuality means they are perceived to be heterosexual, so you do have to go that extra step further to correct that misperception.

If you go on a gay site, though, makes sense they would mention it. I often had to ask people whether they were openly gay so I could feature them on here, and that had no bearing on my interest in them as singers, actors, or whatever else. Just that I don't interview straight people for Oasis.

The fact that mentioning he had a girlfriend or wife wouldn't make anyone blink, whereas mentioning his gayness is detracting from the larger issue... just shows there is still an issue.

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