Friday, November 23, 2012

Celebrity Friday: Yeah, Nate Silver Is Gay

Nate Silver, well-known politics guru (and now best-selling author), is indeed openly gay. In fact, he has been openly gay since at least 2010, although the 34-year-old doesn't seem to mention it in interviews much. That has changed recently with a profile in The Guardian.

Since his public profile became even more prominent after correctly predicting the results of two consecutive U.S. presidential election (49 of 50 states in 2008 and 50 of 50 states in 2012) the importance of Silver's sexuality as a famous person has also increased.

The Huffington Post reported:
Silver admits that being gay has helped him understand difference and move beyond the boundaries of traditional reporting.
"If you grow up gay, or in a household that's agnostic, when most people are religious, then from the get-go, you are saying that there are things that the majority of society believes that I don't believe," Silver said in an interview with The Guardian.
But, Silver told The Guardian, being a geek was harder than being gay since he's always been a geek and never really fit in.
“I’ve always felt like something of an outsider,” Silver told The Guardian. “I’ve always had friends, but I’ve always come from an outside point of view. I think that’s important."
With two winning election predictions,a blog in The New York Times and a$700,000 book deal under his belt, today, Silver doesn't need to fit in and he's still everyone's favorite gay geek.
It will be interesting to see if the word about Silver being gay has any impact on his public persona. Hopefully, in 2012, it will not. After all, the conservatives and Republicans who already hate him for exposing their fantasy-based election predictions will hardly be able to hate him more for being openly gay as well.

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