My Amazing, Gay-Friendly Mississippi Hometown

I am still reeling (in a good way!) from the news that my hometown of Hattiesburg, Mississippi passed a resolution this month recognizing the worth and dignity of its LGBT citizens. My how times have changed! Growing up there in the 80s, I could never have imagined that a public affirmation of gay people would be issued by a mayor in this conservative state.

I think it mirrors the conversations that are happening all across the country when people find out that their best friend, their sister, or their neighbor is gay. It’s so much easier to dismiss nameless and faceless “gay people.”

Someone who is asked to support marriage equality might hesitate if they remember last Sunday’s service condemning it. But when the same person realizes that marriage equality is essential for their sister and her wife to have a whole and happy life, that’s when the connection is made. “Ah, they want the same things that I have–the chance at happiness with the person they love and to have that commitment publicly and legally acknowledged.” It’s truly a no-brainer.

And, again, this is why it is so important for gay people to be as out as they can be. The more they see us, the more they know that we are just like them. The spectrum of gay people is as varied and diverse as the spectrum of straight people.

The culture is changing so much, so quickly. Exciting times for those of us who are coming out and enjoying our second half!

Please leave me your comments below about these historic changes in our country and how they are affecting you. Also, please sign up for my exclusive weekly email newsletter at the link on the top right of the blog. I’ll be releasing excerpts from my upcoming book “A Late Life Lesbian Story” soon! I can’t wait to share more of my story with you–newsletter subscribers will get the first peek!

7 thoughts on “My Amazing, Gay-Friendly Mississippi Hometown

  1. Amy

    Very Cool! I hope that this will have to my little hometown someday that is located in Northeastern Arizona…got a ways to go. But I believe you are absolutely right. People need to come out so that there isn’t the old stereotypes rolling around in people’s heads. Once they know a few people who they relate to and love it will get easier for us all. Thanks for writing this.

  2. Jay

    Thank you for the post . This is a great article and deals with a question that I feared, even asking when I first began on my journey. The fears that are associated with even having the thoughts about this question, freaked me out . I didn’t want to consider the question and yet I knew it was there in my head .
    I had that fear as a young kid ‘Could I be Gay ?’ I managed to suppress it for so long that it never came to the surface for another 37+ years yet it pushed as itself back out there .

    Yes I definitely find it uncomfortable . I am not at ease with it , it hurts to know that all the fighting against ‘a gut Instinct’ will not make it go away!

    I find it hard to do the reflective stuff. Hard to sit and be calm. ‘Doing’ was the thing that I suppose, kept me away from facing any of it .

    I try to do the journal here and there but if you ware not a ‘wordy ‘ person it does not flow easily .

    Thanks for the wise words of advice .
    Good luck with the book

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