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Nate Silver Talks About Being A Nerd In Gay Culture

The man who correctly predicted the 2012 election explains how those two worlds come together.

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After a successful year running the FiveThirtyEight blog, the blogger talks to Out magazine about how he identifies as a gay man.

On being a gay nerd:

To my friends, I’m kind of sexually gay but ethnically straight.

On gay culture:

For me, I think the most important distinguishing characteristic is that I’m independent-minded. I’m sure that being gay encouraged the independent-mindedness, but that same independent-mindedness makes me a little bit skeptical of parts of gay culture, I suppose.

On being identified as a “gay statistician”:

There was one little plaque for Keith Haring, and it was, like, ‘Keith Haring, gay American artist, 1962 to 1981,’ or whatever [actually 1958 to 1990], and I was like, Why isn’t he just an American artist? I don’t want to be Nate Silver, gay statistician, any more than I want to be known as a white, half-Jewish statistician who lives in New York.

And on the next election:

I expect 2016 to be spectacular.

Read more about Out magazine’s “Person of the Year.”

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