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Wednesday, April 13, 2005

One Man's Courage

This week, a gay man stood up to his bigoted hometown. Daniel Lippold has more courage in his typing fingers than most of us have in our entire being.


erinberry said...

I got the chance to read his letter before the it was removed from the site... Good for him!!

KL said...

Why is he selling his property? He shouldn't have. If he kept that property and sometimes visitied, people were going to remember that homosexuals are also human beings and they are exactly like heterosexuals. I think if we run away from the problem, then nothing is ever solved. So, instead of selling the property he should have kept it and visited it often to send a message to those people.

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

I don't see it as running away, KL. Though I can't speak for Daniel, I know from personal experience that sometimes a situation is so harmful to one's emotional health that it's best to be out of that place. I had to leave the state of Texas behind to heal enough from growing up in a toxic family to be able to take action to make life better for myself and others.

Because Daniel handled things the way he did, the folks in that little town know that the entire nation is aware of their bigotry. That has to make a least some of them think. The pen really is mightier than the sword.

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