I grew up in Texas, so I have an idea of what life is like in a southern, conservative state. I left upon high school graduation only to return to visit family and friends occasionally.
Bless these folks for staying in their states and opening up a dialogue with neighbors. It really is the answer to acceptance. When “gay” or “lesbian” or “transgender” isn’t just a word that scares people, when it’s someone they know, evolution really does begin.
From the Human Rights Campaign:
HRC’s Project One America
is a comprehensive, multi-year campaign to dramatically expand LGBT
equality in the South through permanent campaigns in Mississippi,
Alabama and Arkansas.