Sexuality shouldn't be a gossip: Why coming-outs are "out "

A few days ago, actor Jannik Schümann came out. Ricarda Hofmann is therefore concerned with the question: Do we still need a coming-out nowadays?

A picture, a black heart emoji - that's it. When the actor Jannik Schümann first posted a picture of his partner and him a few days ago, the tabloid media picked it up as if he had also landed on the moon. What should be taken for granted is obviously still a click guarantee.
In the past few days I asked myself: "Do we still need a coming-out these days??"And if so, one should still describe the open approach to one's own sexuality or identity as " coming out "?

"Outing " is not the same as "Coming-out "

But let's take a step back. "Coming-out " and "Outing " are often mentioned in the same breath and stand in particular for making one's own sexual orientation public. However, the terms are also very different.
While "Coming-out " is done by yourself (here you can again differentiate between the inner and outer coming-out), according to the definition, "Outing " is done by a third party - mostly without prior permission.
Incidentally, the "outing" term established itself in German in the 1990s. So over 30 (!) Years. In 1991, for example, the filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim publicly outed the presenter Alfred Biolek and the comedian Hape Kerkeling as homosexual in the RTL plus program "Explosiv - The hot chair ".
In the US, Jodie Foster and Boy George were publicly outed. In a perverse way, the goal of outing a prominent person was to remove taboos and create role models.