Social progress on LGBTQ+ issues over the last 15 years has been remarkable. I wonder if this rate of social progress is actually unprecedented in human history - I would bet on “yes”.
Every single adult in my life grew up in a different era. They live with the memories not from how things are today, but how things were for them growing up. It’s actually increasingly easy to ignore the plight of gay people in particular, especially if you live in a city and are surrounded by gay-tolerant people. Even the Republicans in New York City are usually pretty gay-friendly! But gay people, especially gay men, have often been through some extremely real shit.
I had an incredibly thoughtful upbringing from my parents, and despite that, I said and thought some things as a teenager that absolutely haunt me today. I knew better than to say anything hurtful in front of a gay person, but as I’ve...
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