What I fear as a gay man and LGBTQ advocate is balkanization of opportunity and acceptance. As a young man, I fled the heartland to New York City where I found my tribe and grew as a person surrounded by people who took my essential equality almost for granted.

My story was exceedingly common for those days. In fact, the narrative today is treated as something of a tired trope in creative circles. One is supposed to avoid it.

But when Justice Ginsburg died, I wrote that a hyper-conservative Court may well usher in an era where members of gender and sexual minorities feel welcome in some parts of the country but exceedingly unwelcome in others.

Certainly to some extent that already happens today. But for the most part it does not happen with legal blessing.

I am very afraid that is going to change.

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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