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  •  I wish I could find the quote (0+ / 0-)

    from former Iranian President Mohammed Khatami, but I'll just have to paraphrase.  He said that when religion and love are in conflict, love wins.  

    I am taken aback by how quickly this is happening.  You are right... the engine driving this is for people to come out, for everyone to know someone who's gay, to realize that this is about love and not just about sex.

    We just recorded a short "straight but not narrow" style video for a project of immigrants talking to other immigrants about making this transition.  They made some wonderful points: "In this a new country, accepting others is what we need to do to become Americans...  Maintaining love over a lifetime is hard enough, so why trash someone else for who they love?  I ran a jazz club in Nigeria and half the musicians I knew were gay, but they couldn't talk about it.  That's crazy.  They were my friends; I wish they were here so they could be themselves."

    What happens here still affects the rest of the planet.  We think about American wars and hegemony in a negative light, but people all over the world know what a rainbow flag is, and as our society lives up in some small way to equality it will have a far wider effect.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Thu May 23, 2013 at 05:04:23 PM PDT

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