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These articles made me cry. Anybody who isn't moved must simply have a blank space in their heart--presumably due to bad influences.

I'm in my 60s now, and the first time I think I heard about the concept of homosexuality, I surmised it meant effeminate for a guy and masculine for a female. Since I knew people like that and found them perfectly groovy, just a new word to describe something I'd observed. I don't think I understood the sex aspect until late high school, when I read about it in a novel. I wasn't shocked or surprised, didn't seem like a problem of any kind--I learned new things about people often when I read novels, after all. I had never noticed a word against homosexuality in my life to that point (I probably heard them but didn't get it) so I wasn't predisposed to judge, let alone judge negatively. Just another aspect of human nature.

The struggle for gender, racial, and LBGT equality, which I've been observing since the 50s, is slow. We've come a long way, but still have a long way to go. For every two steps forward, there seems to be another step back. But we'll get there, of that I have no doubt. 30 years ago, I didn't think I'd live to see a black president. Now I'm looking forward to our first gay (and/or female and/or non-CHristian) president(s)! I hope it won't take another 30 years. Heck, if pro-hockey can get there, surely the rest of us can.
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