I love those range of responses and your thoughtful reaction to each of them.

I wonder how you would react to my customary, “oh, cool!” response?

I’m usually so delighted to meet another LGBTQ person then I can be a bit less than… restrained.

Regarding different perspectives, when I moved to Detroit a a few years ago, I found myself getting to know a lot of people from the Middle East. The Detroit metro area has two different muslim-majority municipalities.

It’s so true that you don’t know what you don’t know. I had to get to know my neighbors and spend time with them before I could even start trying to understand LGBTQ/Muslim issues. I learned that much at what I thought wasn’t just wrong, it wasn’t even applicable.

Getting to know people up close and personal is truly the only way to begin to try to share perspectives.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com