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  •  I think also, (7+ / 0-)

    that as more gay people have come out, non-gays are more likely to know that they know someone who is   gay---and they aren't scary--they're Joe at the office, that nice couple down the street, my cousin Jane, etc.

    "I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat."--Will Rogers

    by vgranucci on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 10:38:11 AM PST

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    •  Of course, and I beat this gong every chance I get (8+ / 0-)

      and everyone here is probably sick of hearing it, but when LGBT people come out and tell their stories, it gets harder and harder for the bigots to dehumanize them.

      As the gay rights movement has evolved from the days of Magnus Hirschfeld in Germany, or the very public telling of gay stories from folks like Christopher Isherwood, Wystan Auden, and their very talented literary circle; guys like Harry Hay in the 50's who took great risks in organizing and publishing periodicals and newsletters, to the sexual liberation for all orientations in the late 60's and the 70's, to AIDS/HIV activism in the 80's and continuing to this day, more and more LGBT persons have made themselves known to their families, friends, co-workers, elected representatives. It cannot be stressed enough how important coming out is to our civil rights movement, and we must never forget those persons who have come out at great personal risk.

      Our likely next governor here in Maine, ME-02 Democratic Congressman Mike Michaud, came out of his glass closet (we all knew) when he announced his candidacy, and I believe if elected it will make him the first openly gay governor in the country to run as out and proud.

      Times indeed do change.

      Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

      by commonmass on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 10:46:34 AM PST

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    •  This will be particularly important in Utah (0+ / 0-)

      where Mormons have been able to pretend that there is no such "problem" in Utah.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Mon Dec 23, 2013 at 06:08:49 PM PST

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