Soap operas, in particular, are an intergenerational media outlet, and, by coming out, Ms. Johnson is reaching people of all ages who have been having her into their homes every day for years. And she does it at no small risk to her. This is a brave and helpful thing she has done. Awesome.
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joanna_Johnson
Soap Opera Star Joanna Johnson: Iâ m GayThe Bold and the Beautiful star worried she wouldn't "be employable as an actress" if people knew she was a lesbian