UndercoverMan saidGood for him but he's standing on the shoulders of LGBT individuals who had the courage to be who they were in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s. That's when it took courage to say I'm gay in the USA - a society that didn't have anti-bullying campaigns at those times in history. He's standing on the shoulders of LGBT individuals who have brought our society to the level of acceptance we enjoy today and even greater acceptance in the future. From the beatniks of the 50s, the hippies of the 60s, the gay liberation movement of the 70s, the HIV/AIDS activism of the 80s each successive generation of LGBT persons has had it a bit better because of those pioneers.
Today being gay in some segments of developed Western societies is almost a badge of honor. Straight people are clamoring to tell everyone they know that they have gay friends and that they are for gay rights and gay marriage. Straight people flock to our bars to hang with us just to show how progressive they are.
For me, coming out as gay in liberal Colorado in 2014 is a bit underwhelming; akin to standing on a corner in West Hollywood and shouting you're gay. Ain't no one gonna bat an eye. I'd be more impressed if he were from west Texas or rural anywhere USA.
I wish I had the courage those out and proud LGBTs of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s had. Those people, my friends, had courage.
Liberal Colorado? You're kidding, right? He lives an hour from Denver and within two hours of Focus on the Family headquarters (Colorado Springs, Colorado). Focus...
We ALL stand on the shoulders of our predecessors that sacrificed and gave up stuff for us. We ALL live in freedom now because our ancestors went to fight in two massive World Wars, one of which officially started 100 years ago this Saturday with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. What's your point? Do you or did you see those soldiers telling the LGBTs of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s that their ability to express their freedoms (as hard as it was) to be themselves without getting shot or sent to a gas chamber was ultimately because of those soldiers' sacrifice in the World Wars? ...
Everywhere has its pockets of far right, conservatism. FOTF is a national (international?) organization just because it is located in Colorado doesn't make the state less liberal than many other places.
And you mustn't have Facebook. I'm constantly reminded on FB by WWII veterans and veterans groups in general of the sacrifices they made for subsequent generations to live in freedom.
I do have Facebook, thanks very much. And sorry, but you're completely out of touch with this generation. This digital era, particularly via social media, makes it impossible for anyone to escape bullying and/or prejudicial speech if one were to so desire to inflict it upon another person. LGBTQ individuals in the past were able to evade a lifetime of harassment in a way that no one can in this day and age once discovered. Are rights better now for LGBTQ people than in the past? Yes. Doesn't mean it's any easier to be non-heterosexual. The only things that have changed are the reasons it's still hard... (you live in New Orleans, a clear LGBTQ haven, so your bias toward thinking it's easy to be gay now is understandable given the bubble you're in)
I can't imagine going to high school now in general, much less as an openly gay male. It is so much harder to be an adolescent in many ways now than it ever was for any of us. We didn't have our every move recorded in photos, videos, sound bytes, posted on the Internet for anyone to see as they do now. The next generation has some conveniences we didn't at their age, sure, but with those conveniences come a whole lot of challenges we never had to face. Rather than pulling the "back in MY day..." card and being so negative, why don't you celebrate the fact that elite level sport, one of the last areas in which allegedly only heteros were present in the past, is seeing more and more gays participate WHILE competing, as opposed to after retiring? The way we honour previous generations is by making their ceiling our floor and going beyond what they did in their lifetimes. I don't feel guilty that people paved the way for me in the past. I honour them by taking what they've given me and doing more with it. This young man is doing the same, and your belittling him for not living out and proud in the 1950s is asinine.