TV Reporter Coming Out HIV – Positive Pretends He’s Brave

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

As if a reporter coming out even is newsworthy in 2018; and as if it’s not hypocritical to talk about stigma.

How is a mainstream media reporter coming out as HIV-positive brave or risky in 2018? I assumed Karl Schmid is also coming out as a male homosexual, though he seems strangely shy on that point. But, either way, why does telling people about your health problems constitute a risk to your career?

Schmid, the eighties called and they want their moral panic back.

Netflix is now showing episodes of the sitcom “Ellen” from the mid-1990s. Her “coming out” episode was regarded as fun entertainment. In “Friends,” Chandler”s father was considered homosexual as a transgender (preferred sex with males), and Chandler asked him to come to the wedding to show there were no hard feelings over his abandoning the family when he was a boy. “Friends” was no fringe show, but wildly popular.

In the meantime, we have Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon as public and prominent homosexual journalists, The only ones who have to fear societal stigma are those who acknowledge openly that homosexual practice is a moral perversion.

Schmid says that we can love him or hate him, but he knows one of those options will be rewarded and the other stigmatized.

But everyone pretends this took bravery.

The Wrap reports, “ABC Correspondent Comes Out as HIV Positive, Says Industry Peers Warned: ‘Don’t, It’ll Ruin You’

Karl Schmid, an on-camera reporter , came out as HIV positive on Friday night in a powerful Facebook post about stigma and acceptance.

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“For 10 years I’ve struggled with ‘do I or don’t I?’ For ten years the stigma and industry professionals have said, ‘don’t! It’ll ruin you,”’ wrote Schmid.

“But here’s the thing. I’m me. I’m just like you. I have a big heart and I want to be loved and accepted. I may be on TV from time to time, but at the end of the day I’m just an average guy who wants want we all want. To be accepted and loved by our friends and family and to be encouraged by our peers,” he said.

He said a lot more (at least as measured in word count). You can read it all here:

Hi. I’m a 37 year old HIV+ man who has been poz for almost ten years. I work in television. And on the side of the…

Posted by Karl Schmid on Friday, March 23, 2018

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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