This is such an important and seemingly simple and straightforward concept. Clearly, we LGBTQ people don’t have generational continuity.

But so many people, including many of us, often forget about the implications of that.

To illustrate, I often write about injustice in education involving queer kids. For example, I might highlight a problem in a religious school that expels gay kids or staff.

Then invariably people will comment to me that gay folks should just choose not to go to schools like that.

Gay people will comment that to me!

I have to patiently explain to them that children rarely choose their own schools, and that they are probably enrolled because their straight parents put them there. Regardless, I’ll go on to explain, LGBTQ kids still deserve to grow up in an environment that does not inject them with toxins.

Just as they deserve to grow up with representation in entertainment. Your point about role models is so important!

As lots of other issues become important when we think about lack of generational continuity.

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

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