What was that like 25 years ago? He admits that it was scary but he did not reveal it because of some kind of crusade. He knew that he was in a prominent job and that he wanted it to be known simply as a matter of fact and not as some tabloid revelation. When he did tell everyone he received less negativity that he thought he was going to get.
He sees it as more of a party difference. If you are a Democrat gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender you are pretty free to come out and get the support and encouragement of other officials and of the voters. Barney says, the closeted people are overwhelmingly Republicans. There have been 2 gay Republicans that have come out, both in Congress and in both cases, they ran into great opposition from their party.
Many don’t realize that this is not a choice. He says, People don’t choose to be straight or to be gay. No one is sorry about it, it is just a fact of life. The Republicans are going around saying .”It is not your fault that you are gay. As long as you seem to be ashamed of it! As long as he is embarrassed by it, lies about it and hides it they will tolerate it.”