I don't know who that is, but good for him! One thing I wanted to address, though:
'So these "non-events" are still also events of a kind; and they matter.'
I was musing on this a few days ago - though on a different person. I've recently got into the TV show How I Met Your Mother. I was looking up information on this show on imdb, and decided to look up some of the actors, see what else they've been in. I looked up the man who plays Barney, and was surprised to learn that he's gay. Learning that shocked me, and made me quite pleased. Yet I wondered why. I know quite a few gay people, and so I know that they come in different shapes, sizes and what have you. This shouldn't have surprised me so. I don't yet know quite what to make of my reaction. I suppose it stems from the fact that he's a popular character in a popular US TV show. That's kind of cool, really, when you think about it. Makes me think that all those people who dislike gay people for their 'deviant lifestyles' (pfft!) will look at him and think 'he's gay? Woah. I need to rethink a few things.'