In the field for which he is most famous- gay rights- he doesn't make the two mistakes that a lot of his contemporaries make:
- Demanding that other peoples' rights are curtailed in order to outlaw any disapproval of homosexuality.
- Making excuses for violent anti-gay rhetoric among people belonging to designated victim groups.
Admitting that he has suffered brain injuries is also very brave, there is a certain stigma to that kind of thing which makes it difficult to address openly. There is a perception that when somebody suffers an injury it is just a case of waiting for bruises to fade, bones to heal and then everything is back to normal. That isn't always the case particularly with head injuries, often the effects of a beating last a lifetime or at least several years. Which is something to remember when reading of an assault case in the newspaper- even non fatal attacks can often leave victims permanently affected. There have recently been a number of news stories about the long term effects of head trauma on certain kind of athletes, but any form of repeated blows to the head will have the same effect.