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  •  thank you, unspeakable. (9+ / 0-)

    I am very sensitive to the belief of many urban people that rural places are especially homophobic/transphobic/racist.  It is endemic, imo.  

    I think MOST places, urban and rural, are.  The questions that interest me are:  what are the possibilities, however modest, for beginning processes of transformation?  

    I think sometimes large urban/metro areas pretend to be more liberal, but actually are not.  

    Teach us to listen to sounds larger than our own heartbeat; that endure longer than our own weeping in the dark. - Lillian Smith

    by RadioGirl on Wed Sep 07, 2011 at 05:44:47 PM PDT

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    •  I'd think the urban/metro areas seem that way (4+ / 0-)

      because the places and people who are accepting can be more open. There are enough of them to be a visible community, even if they are only the same percentage of the population.

      So the accepting Christian community is a few Welcoming And Accepting congregations instead of that one church that quietly adds an inclusive prayer every once and a while and lets the not-quite-closeted music guy 'get away with' wearing something small but rainbow-colored on Pride weekend.

      And the colleges have Gay Straight Alliances instead of that one table at the cafeteria or an unofficial group that doesn't advertise meetings.

      And there are a lot of people well and truly out of the closet who congregate in the open often and have neighbors who openly accept them instead of one quietly out person or couple here and there and neighbors who smile and wave but don't talk loudly about them because small town homophobes have ears and people they don't know about are people they can't attack.

      Elder, so far as I've been able to find out (Can we say apparent shush-up and inaccessible newspaper obituary archives GAH?) was killed in a large city considered quite accepting compared to the surrounding region.

      Urban areas sometimes just mean more allies in terms of numbers and more fellow targets to spread the risk around to - a statistical safety in numbers that may have little to do with differences in overall attitudes in the entire population.

      Prayers and best wishes to those in Japan.

      by Cassandra Waites on Wed Sep 07, 2011 at 06:48:19 PM PDT

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