"There have long been questions about Rice's sexual orientation and her
personal life in general. As Kessler notes, 'She has built a wall of privacy
around her that is never breached.' But Kessler had access to Rice's closest
friends and to Rice herself, and he reveals some eyebrow-raising information
that hasn't been out there before. In the book and on the show, Kessler
described how Rice's 'closest male friend' is openly gay, a man by the name of
Coit D. Blacker, a Stanford professor (Rice served as the provost as Stanford in
the late 1990s for six years) and a Democrat who served in the Clinton
administration. Blacker, whose partner is also mentioned, advised Al Gore's
campaign in 2000, while his close friend Rice served as a chief confidante for a
president who has tried to make gays into second class citizens in the U.S.
Constitution. But wait, it gets better."
I just wanted to touch on this to say how immature it is that we are talking about her private life in this way. She is a womyn who wants her private life respected and it should be. I know that she is also a public figure and a certain amount of interest in who she is comes with that. She must know that too, and understand the choice that she has made. The bigger question is what value does this information have, beyond its clear gossip value.