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  •  Thank you for not only telling your story, (7+ / 0-)

    but bringing up the issue of cultural and racial diversity within the LGBT community. Denise Oliver Velez and I were just having a conversation about that in her diary Saturday. It's an important topic, and given that my own partners have been both racially and socioeconomically diverse, I can tell you there are ALL kinds of LGBT people and more of them are lower-income than you'd think if you just looked at the cover of "Out". Not to mention how many people living on the economic edge are driven into real poverty by HIV/AIDS. My late husband was one of those, even though he owned his own home he was on medicaid and received food stamp benefits and Social Security disability. Lots of people don't think about this reality.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Tue Jun 11, 2013 at 04:23:42 AM PDT

    •  You're welcome and thank you, CM (2+ / 0-)
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      714day, Zack from the SFV

      Yes, I squarely aimed this diary to be as inclusive as possible. It was not my intent to focus solely on my own life as despite my background the cold hard truth is I'm still a white male living in a white male-dominated society.  I'm well aware of all the unspoken privilege that comes with that and with not having to deal with racism or sexism just to name a couple issues.

      Professor Badgett's study simply hit the bullseye for a diary I'd already been wanting to write for a very long time. It's a relief to hear that universities are actually doing studies into areas of the LGBT community we very sadly do not see being covered and explored by our own media that is supposedly here to serve us.

      Beyond notable and praiseworthy exceptions like Noah's Arc and Rupaul's Drag Race, one has to really dig below the surface to uncover much diversity in our own media. That's a damn shame in my view. We can and should do better to represent ALL who are part of the LGBT community--not just those who already have privilege or only those who can afford to buy it.

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