|Apologies for the fuzziness-- I need a real scanner.|
Considering the current environment in the U.S. midwest when it comes to LGBT issues in 2012, I am forced to come to one of two conclusions. Either it is the case that
- A large scale back-sliding has been taking place, and a progressive attitude that was once prevalent has now diminished, or
- There are significant pockets of progressiveness in what are commonly considered to be thoroughly red states which make it unfair, or at least very hasty, to dismiss them as generally hostile to LGBT interests.
I suppose it's also possible that the high school I attended was just a remarkable exception, but it wasn't some kind of haven of gay-friendliness. The GSA club was started in the first place in part because openly gay or "gay-seeming" students could expect to be bullied at any free period such as lunch or breaks between class, and we wanted to create a safe place in order to just hang out and talk.
And yet. And yet, there has been a rash of bullying of gays that has led to several suicides in the past few years. Elsewhere in the midwest, in 2012, we have stories like this. It really does baffle me sometimes.