Joel Grey was the original master of Ceremonies in Cabaret on Broadway and in the film; he directed The Normal Heart on Broadway while also appearing in the 1996 revival of and .
Today, at age 82, he announced that he is gay.
"I don't like labels, but if you have to put a label on it, I'm a gay man. All the people close to me have known for years who I am, [yet] it took time to embrace that other part of who I always was."
And it does take time, and reflection, and introspection and thought, no matter who you are, what you do, where you live ... coming out is hard.
So welcome out, Joel. A lot of us thought maybe, wondered if, and were curious, but that matters not. I think your daughter, Jennifer said it best:
"I feel very happy for my dad that he has come to a point in his life where he feels safe and comfortable enough to declare himself in a public way as a gay man, mostly because the more people are free to own their true nature and can hopefully come closer to love and accept themselves as they really are, no matter what age, no matter how long it takes, to finally be free of the lies or half truths, it is freedom."
Freedom; and the Obligatory Coming Out Toaster Oven and copy of The Gay Agenda.
And so, to paraphrase a wee bit of Cabaret:
"Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome" out, Joel, welcome out.