A few days ago the iconic singer Barry Manilow finally came out as gay. He revealed to people magazine that he had married his manager and long time partner Gary Keiff in a private ceremony in 2014; shortly after same sex marriage become legal in California where he currently resides. When asked why didn’t come out sooner he stated that he didn’t want to disappoint his largely female fan base. This really may be the result of a generational gap. Manilow grew up during the McCarthy era where gays were openly persecuted by the government. For Manilow’s generation only 1.4% of those folks identify as gay compared to 7.3% of millennials today. Why it is difficult for older people to come out
Manilow’s admission of homosexuality should be of surprise to no one. A rich and famous person like him would have no problem getting almost any woman he wanted. Women throwing themselves at him was a common occurrence at his concerts. Fortunately his positive relationship with the press allowed him to keep that tidbit of his life secret. Since coming out he says the fans have been very supportive. He’s said he’s heard statements such as “Great for you” “we’re so happy for you” Hollywood Reporter
Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus on June 17th 1943. He is best known for his songs “Mandy” “Can’t Smile Without You” and “Copacabana”. Other legends such as Bob Dylan referred to Manilow as ‘an inspiration’.