A personal blog by a graying (mostly Anglo with light African-American roots) gay leftist leaning liberal progressive fit married college-educated former Baha'i NPR-listening Professor Emeritus now following the Dharma from California to Minas Gerais, Brasil.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Via JMG: Frank Rich On LGBT History
"As we just learned, a man can still be murdered for being gay a few
blocks away from the Stonewall Inn. But the rapidity of change has been
stunning. The world only spins forward, as Tony Kushner wrote. And yet
as we celebrate the forward velocity of gay rights, I think we must
glance backward as well. History is being lost in this shuffle—that of
those gay men and women who experienced little or none of today’s
freedoms. Whatever the other distinctions between the struggles of black
Americans and gay Americans for equality under the law—starting with
the overarching horror of slavery—one difference is intrinsic. Black
people couldn’t (for the most part) hide their identity in an America
that treated them cruelly. Gay people could hide and, out of
self-protection, often did. That’s why their stories were cloaked in
silence and are at risk of being forgotten."- Frank Rich, opening his New York Magazine article on LGBT history and his surrogate gay father.