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    Sep 28, 2011 4:17 AM GMT
    Been thinking about how small and closed minded my hometown was in eastern Washington. So here's the question: What is the one thing that stands out in your mind about growing up that was - and may still be - closed minded about your hometown? Can be gay-related. Or not.

    For me and because I grew-up more politically aware at an earlier age than aware of my sexuality (go figure...) it was the demonization of progressives/liberals/Democrats/people of colour/different values. Anyone else outside the restrictive 'norm' of conservative, Republican, Reader Digest-reading, Lawrence Welk-watching, and the same restrictive set of values were un-American.
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:42 AM GMT
    Does it have to based in US?
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    Sep 28, 2011 4:59 AM GMT
    My town has changed a lot over time. I grew up in Fredericksburg, VA, which is in the smack-dab middle of the state capital (Richmond) and nation's capital (DC). When I first moved there in 1992, it was definitely a small town with lingering Southern, conservative roots. I remember seeing things like NASCAR ads, country stores, Civil War battlefields, and pick up trucks.

    However, as I grew up, the town exploded with flocks of people from Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia looking for cheaper housing and lower cost of living. It didn't take long for my town to become a distant suburb of DC since so many people work in and around the DC metro area. New commercial and residential areas were being constructed on a weekly basis. Traffic increased rapidly. Schools got crowded. It took about 10-12 years to transform a formerly small town into a Northern Virginia suburb. It's just as expensive to live there as it does in the DC area now.

    Now most traces of Fredericksburg's Southern past are virtually gone. You seldom hear Southern accents anymore except from visitors/shoppers who live out in Spotsylvania, Stafford, Louisa, and Culpeper County. Much of the town has become more ethnically and culturally diverse. Gay people are more present than they were before, although I wouldn't call my town a gay haven.
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    Sep 28, 2011 6:03 AM GMT
    ricky1987 saidDoes it have to based in US?


    No not at all. Would love to hear from guys around the world!
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    Sep 28, 2011 6:14 AM GMT
    yankinbc saidBeen thinking about how small and closed minded my hometown was in eastern Washington. So here's the question: What is the one thing that stands out in your mind about growing up that was - and may still be - closed minded about your hometown? Can be gay-related. Or not.

    For me and because I grew-up more politically aware at an earlier age than aware of my sexuality (go figure...) it was the demonization of progressives/liberals/Democrats/people of colour/different values. Anyone else outside the restrictive 'norm' of conservative, Republican, Reader Digest-reading, Lawrence Welk-watching, and the same restrictive set of values were un-American.


    My mom not getting a divorce because of "what will people say". icon_cry.gif