Wikipedia’s entry for Rip Taylor describes him as “openly gay.”
Now, I’m not disputing Rip Taylor’s gayness, because, come on – it’s Rip Taylor. But so far as I’ve always known, Rip Taylor is one of the last true “silent queens,” in the tradition of Liberace or (probably) Richard Simmons: flamboyant, oft-effiminate manner of performance, sure, but never actually outright admitting their homosexuality, for whatever reason. Everybody knows Rip Taylor is gay – holy shit is he gay – but he never talks about it directly (being the grand marshall of Pride Parades doesn’t count, Barbara Streisand does it too) and I haven’t found any mention of him officially coming out.
So, did Taylor officially admit to being gay at some point, like an interview in Out or similar? I am genuinely curious.