I disagree that there is no reason for her sexual orientation to be common knowledge. The key to obtaining gay rights is everyone coming out. We need everyone to know who we are so that they know who they are discriminating against. It's also very important for gay children that we come out so they know they are not alone and not doomed to a terrible life. Remember "it gets better"? I think it is irresponsible for any gay person to not be fully out of the closet. This was Harvey Milk's opinion and I agree whole heartedly. We cannot afford for anyone to "protect their privacy."