March 11, 2014 | by Kevin Naff
Is Shepard Smith finally coming out?
Shepard Smith, Fox News, gay news, Washington Blade

Shepard Smith (Photo public domain)

Closeted Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is listed as a “special guest” scheduled to attend an annual fundraiser for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association next week.

I outed Smith in 2005 after he hit on me in a New York piano bar. He has never publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation.

Smith’s attendance could be good news: Maybe he’s finally going to come out. Not sure why NLGJA would have him there if that weren’t the case. There are plenty of out journalists these days to celebrate that we don’t need closet cases as our “special guests.”

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

33 Comments
  • I don't understand what business it is of anyone else's sexual orientation until they are comfortable with going public with it themselves. Outing another person is rude.

  • Devon Alexander Stoney

    I just don't understand either why you felt it important to out this particular person yet again. This isn't journalism just trash talk on someones alleged sexuality. Are all of the speakers gay? I just don't understand this type of journalism when there are so many more important and or lighter subjects to discuss.

  • Well Kevin Naff, why would you 'Out' someone because they hit on you? That sounds like something some scumbag would do. His sexuality is his own business, and coming out publicly is something that one should be able to do on their own terms, not because some scumbag thinks they should.

  • Um yes, Kevin, though I think the Blade is great and clearly you do a good job there. For you to sound so "Boastful and Proud" of the fact that "YOU outed him after he hit on you in a piano bar in 2005" is just rude and tacky. People will and do come out of their own accord. It is NOT our "RIGHT OR DUTY" to "out" others. We may support them and encourage them to "come out" but to do this and out him and then REPRINT that YOU Outed him is just plain tacky. no props from me..though it is a good thing if he does, in fact, come out.

  • Mr. Shepard Smith is my fiance’, and is not gay, nor bi.
    It is ridiculous to be bringing this nonsense up, yet again.
    Shepard is straight. In your dreams, Kevin, get over it, Kevin. :p

  • Well, Kevin Naff, you are one of the worst types of Gays I know of. Not only just among our people, but among humans in general. Are you really boasting that you would do something to hurt one of our own? That would make you as low as… well, as low as a Log Cabin Republican. I hope you'll eat a heaping plate of humble pie and start living by the Golden Rule. Whatever you do with the Blade and to support our global Gay community, ends up being tarnished when you stoop to such despicable acts.

  • In fact, 5 other Fox News/Fox Business anchors/correspondents will also be attending as “special guests,” in addition to Shepard Smith, so what’s your point? You only WISH Mr. Smith was gay. I know he is heterosexual (not homosexual/bisexual), an engaged man, planning to marry his fiance’e, Patricia, later this year. Again, reiterating your adolescent fantasies of Mr. Smith are completely out-of-line, Mr. Naff.

  • Gay Politics has always been "rude and tacky." That's how you get things done.

  • Gay Politics has always been "rude and tacky." That's how you get things done.

  • If a closet queen is a guest speaker at the NLGJA it's news, numbnuts.

  • The scumbag s the closet queen who hit on the out gay man

  • The scumbag s the closet queen who hit on the out gay man

  • He's not "one of our own." He works for FOX "News"

  • He's not "one of our own." He works for FOX "News"

  • Really glad you're not a journalist Sanford.

    "Well, I would've published that article on bribery in the Oval Office, but I was worried it would be rude and tacky. I'll just stick to muddled entendres until somebody gets the message."

  • Really glad you're not a journalist Sanford.

    "Well, I would've published that article on bribery in the Oval Office, but I was worried it would be rude and tacky. I'll just stick to muddled entendres until somebody gets the message."

  • No David Ehrenstein, the scumbag is the one that doesn't know how to politely say no-thank you.

  • David Pearson How do you know he didn't say that/

  • Daniel Kaattari that's not what Sanford is saying. He's saying being outed is a very personal decision and has nothing to do with national security. Don't be obtuse!

  • Daniel Kaattari that's not what Sanford is saying. He's saying being outed is a very personal decision and has nothing to do with national security. Don't be obtuse!

  • David Ehrenstein Seriously? After you've called him "closet queen" and "scumbag"? You're asking David how he does and doesn't know things? You've lost all credibility with your assumptions

  • I know exactly what Sanford is saying. And I think it's extremely hypocritical (and thus newsworthy) when a reporter draws a paycheck from and supports an organization that's known to be rabidly antigay.

    Is this relevant to national security? No. But this is the Washington Blade, not the Washington Post. I certainly think this is relevant to the readers of this paper.

    And lemme guess… 'obtuse' is on your word of the day calendar.

  • Daniel Kaattari nope, no word-a-day calendar. You've been jumping to conclusions in each post. Have some hot tea and calm down….

  • More amused than anything. And FYI – exclamation marks are rarely a sign of tranquility (or intelligence) in a forum like this.

  • Daniel Kaattari I am not, n fact, a journalist. I am, how ever a writer and a life coach. There is a difference between "bribery in the oval office" and announcing to the world that someone is gay. Yes he works for FOX news.. (in my opinion THE WORST news source in the world) Im a Democrat of course. ;-) However, I have always enjoyed Shepard ,as a journalist. I also think he is a nice HUMAN BEING.
    There are ALL different kinds of journalist in the world. There are those that feel if they "OUT" someone it is "for the good of the people" How ever there are also those of us that think about the HUMAN BEINGS who are being outed.
    Shepard Smith, from what I have researched, has not publicly made a statement that he is or is not. When he does. Great. But just because you are a journalist ,well known or famous does automatically give you the right to "out" other "famous" people. Any more than it gives you the "right" to "out" someone who is not well known.
    I have been "out" since I was 12 years old. I'm 45 and I'm proud of who I am. I have worked hard and contributed much time and money to gay rights. I am legally married to my husband and I/We also are Diplomats for the United States. As Diplomats we are "out" But I just personally feel that I/we don't have the right or responsibility to "out" famous people any more than I/we have the "right" to "out" YOU before you are ready to come out.
    have a beautiful day and I wish you peace.

    • Under which criteria the Fox news is the worst news source in the world. It is sad the we have diplomats like you who do not know that many news sources in the world are politically bias. At least Fox news is a news source that reports the news and does not kiss the US president like other US news sources are blind!

  • Daniel Kaattari got a handbook? How does one banter gracefully with an angry queen? By the way, we could have opposing views without the jabs. But if that's your only method of conversation, anger-on…

  • Very carefully, Aimee, that's how. Since you're already resorting to weak slurs, I'm guessing it'd be a little above your pay grade anyway.

    And Sanford – you're entitled to your opinion. And I think it's great you're a life coach because you clearly would get too wound up in fairly debatable moral questions to ever produce a news story of any import. Shepard Smith is a public figure. He makes a living supporting an organization that has repeatedly engaged in antigay rhetoric. In my book, this ticks off all the relevant moral boxes required for publication. And since a free press is fairly important in this country, I'd prefer to keep put as few barriers as possible on the publication of FACTS.

  • David Ehrenstein Funny that you would say that. As I am an "out gay man who is legally married to another out gay man and we are, in fact, Diplomats for the United States.
    We have represented the U.S. as an OUT couple for 13 years throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Prior to that my Husband was an out gay man representing the United States for 8 years. We have both "faught" long and hard for gay/human rights. Including but not limited to marriage and partnership rights for ALL U.S. Government Employees. NOT one moment of OUR FIGHT for rights has been "rude or tacky"
    There are many ways to achieve goals. Personally , I don't think "outing" anyone before they are ready to be out is my duty. I CAN, however, understand the want or need to out some one who is PUBLICLY saying one thing and doing another. (i.e. if "we" found out married politician was fighting and voting against gay rights in public.. and was having sex with guys in a bath house at night)
    All of this said, freedom of speech, is a beautiful thing. I thank you for taking the time to comment on my statement. I wish you peace joy and a beautiful week. :-)

  • I can't imagine Smith will have a job at FOX News if he makes it official. And beyond that, why should he have to come out to the public at all? It's his decision, and "outing" him is just wrong.

  • he's one hell of a journalist , one of the best! Leave it at that!

  • He leans left on a number of issues, and is still at Fox, so I doubt you are correct there.

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