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!

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