It’s time that reporters start asking newsmakers whether they’re gay. That’s the opinion of Ed Hegedus, national president of the 1,300-member National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, who wrote an op-ed in today’s (Feb. 26) Chronicle. He cites the case of Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir (pictured). Instead of reporters asking whether Weir was gay, they used every cliche they could think of to describe him, such as “flamboyant,” “theatrical,” “tinkerbelle” and “effeminate.” Saying whether a newsmaker is gay, Hegedus writes, is “an important part of providing a full measure of an individual’s life, one we should stop avoiding.” (Photo by Kevork Djansezian of AP)

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