Not too long ago, a young woman wrote an article in a publication devoted to social justice.

She was writing about something that I care quite a bit about and write about sometimes myself.

I think it would be more than fair to say my generation had much to do with raising the issue to public attention.

I was out marching in the streets to raise awareness before this young woman was born.

Yet, as a rhetorical device between every paragraph, she wrote, “OK Boomer.”

The clear implication was that my generation in toto is responsible for the problem she was writing about.

I came away feeling offended rather than educated by her story.

I replied to tell her that and she was kind enough to not take great offense, but I’m still not quite sure she realizes what she did wrong by over-generalizing.

I think many people don’t see agism and even when it’s staring them in the face.

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

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