Will Portman column was volunteered, not solicited

How did this piece come about? The Yale Daily News had planned on doing an interview with Will Portman, says editor-in chief Tapley Stephenson, “but then he came to us.”

Will Portman

Will Portman

The son of Ohio Senator Rob Portman contacted the Daily News opinion editor late last week and offered to submit his account of coming out and what it’s like “to have my personal life in the headlines.” (It’s “strange,” the Yale junior writes.)

Stephenson says what Portman submitted to the opinion editor didn’t need much editing; the only question was the length. Opinion pages piece usually run about 700 words, “but we decided it was worth running as a double column.”

With 107 comments as of 7:30 p.m. ET, “it’s one of our more discussed columns,” says the editor.

* Will Portman: “In many ways it’s been a privilege to come out so publicly” (yaledailynews.com)