I’m Not Gay

All over the news and social media outlets this week are stories of the big photo-hacking iCloud leak of alleged images of celebrities in the nude. Celebrities such as Rihanna, Jennifer Lawrence, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Kate Olson, and Liam Payne, among others. Some of these celebrities have confirmed the authenticity of the images (while threatening lawsuits), others have denied them claiming the images were Photoshopped.

The image of Liam Payne, singer in the boyband One Direction, apparently was of him in the nude with a nude man. Payne cries foul and in more than one tweet, exclaimed that he isn’t gay and would not have been in that “weird picture.”

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Granted, Liam Payne is not the first nor will be the last celebrity to be rumored to be gay. A recent Huffington Post post lists 38 recent examples, from Vin Diesel to Tom Cruise.

What troubles me was Payne’s recent response.  He could’ve simply denied that the image was really him.

The LGBTQ movement has made such great strides in recent months and years. It’s time to state clearly and unequivocally that a exclaimed statement such as “I’m not gay!” is homophobic. Let’s not pretend that it isn’t.

About monashattell

Mona Shattell, PhD, RN, FAAN is professor and chair of the department of community, systems, and mental health nursing in the College of Nursing at Rush University in Chicago. She is the Editor of the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, and the author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. Her published work focuses on therapeutic relationships, various environments of care, and the mental and physical health of truckers. Dr. Shattell is an active social media user, content developer, and public thought leader. She has published op-eds in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Hill, Health Affairs Blog, Huffington Post, PBS, and others. She received a PhD in nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a Master of Science degree in nursing from Syracuse University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, also from Syracuse University.
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