Congrats to James Randi and Simon Singh

At the age of 81, James Randi has now publicly come out of the closet and announced on Swift and on the podcast For Good Reason podcast that he is gay.

“I wasn’t hiding in the closet. I just found the closet door.”

So that means that both the original president of the JREF and the current president of the JREF, two-thirds of the JREF presidents, are gay. Have anything you want to tell us, Phil Plait? Just kidding.

So what motivated the sudden public announcement?

This declaration of mine was prompted just last week by seeing an excellent film — starring Sean Penn — that told the story of politician Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California.

As a cinephile, I think that’s kinda awesome. What higher compliment can one give a film?

Now onto Simon Singh, the leader of the UK Libel Reform movement who just the other day published his final article in The Guardian. Singh just introduced a new future skeptic into the world, his son Hari. This led Rebecca Watson to get the kid’s astrological information from

According to, the verdict is in: he’s going to be a bipolar psychic Libertarian asshole.

Isn’t most of that redundant? Anywho, congratulations you too. And keep up the great work.


2 Responses to Congrats to James Randi and Simon Singh

  1. RadWind says:

    Mr. James Randi’s world is a little dark, if some mystrerious truth can’t be investigted just because his action of uncover pseudoscience.
    Telepath phenomena happens around me and could be proved repeatedly.

    • mjr256 says:

      On the contrary, he seems to be quite happy. And his goal is to investigate claims. Now if you can prove telepathy, you should apply for his challenge. There’s also a Nobel Prize in it for anyone who can prove any kind of psychic powers.

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