Who's Up for an Outing?

TitleWho's Up for an Outing?
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsSkipper, RB, Currie, RA, Jones, C, Pease, H, McNichol, J
Date Published12/2018
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication LanguageEnglish
Abstract“Outing” traditionally refers to making public an individual’s gender identity or sexual orientation. Outing has a long and storied history, including the outing of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s confidant, Prince Eulenburg. LGBTQIA+ activists and critics alike have used outing on the one hand as a way to either call attention to gay rights issues and hatreds and prejudices, or on the other hand as a way to perpetuate negative reactions and stereotypes involving gay rights issues. Many argue that outing is morally problematic and involves at least a significant privacy invasion. But besides gender identity and sexual orientation, there are many personal issues that people often prefer to keep to themselves, like their ethnic ancestry or sexual history. Further, many prefer to keep their support of causes or groups that are not publicly popular to themselves, like membership in the Aryan Nations, communist organizations, or the American Civil Liberties Union.
NotesCase from the 2019 National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by- nc-nd/4.0/. © 2017 Robert Skipper, Robert A. Currie, Cynthia Jones, Heather Pease, and Jane McNichol.