I think you people are getting mixed up what is fair to what is realistic in relation to one's surroundings. If you live in a small town and even worse, a rural town, you're rights take abuse for it. Suddenly, a Mathew Shepherd is not entitled to the same right to be "openly gay" even if it is his naturally predisposition to be such!
This has been my point all along. And I make it because I have experience on the issue.
ANALYZE THIS: I like to jog...a very innocent (normal) action, right? Not in this small town it itn't, noone jogs.And because of that, doing so makes me different and the target of unprovoked ire. I kidd you not, sometime, when I am out jogging...people will honk at me, roll down their window and scream at me "What the fuck are you doin!"...."run! run! run!"..."loser!" They will sometime swing the car in a menacing manner and if not that, stare in a menacing manner.
Folks, if this is their reaction to a jogger, could you imagine their reaction to an openly gay person? Lucky for you I have another example. When I went to Highschool, an openly gay boy decided to rage against the machine by wearing drag to school...he was surrounded by a crowd of children, one was his own cousin, and taunted until the teachers and security arrived to "save" him. He was practically tackled by security and after he was escorted off the premices, a teacher was heard saying "There will be no fags in my school."
Unfair, right, but who you gonna tell it's unfair? This is THEIR town; they make the rules. You could complain to the principal: he might be bigoted too....you could tell the Police Chief: also might be bigoted...head of security.....fire chief....on down the line, get my drift?
In light of such circumstances, how prudent is it to be openly gay against odds like that? Yes, by all means if you want to revolutionize the rural town you live in, but alas, Martin Luther King sure didn't do it alone. I can count on my hand how man openly gay men I see in this town who don't try to cover it. Hardly enough for an appropriate sit-in at Joe Joe's Truckstop Bar n Grill, LOL. Now, When you analyze what I orginally said, expunge all sense of fairness from it and then tell me if it still outrages you.