OMFG You've got to read this!!

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    Oct 22, 2007 12:27 AM GMT
    All you Harry Potter fans are gonna die when you read this article!
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    Oct 22, 2007 12:43 AM GMT
    Crazy huh?
    There's already a conversation about this here entitled Latest Outed Celebrity...
  • UVaRob9

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    Oct 22, 2007 2:05 AM GMT
    I'll admit I kinda thought that when I was reading the part of Deathly Hallows where they talked about Dubledore's friendship with Grindlewald, but I wrote it off as "well, Rowling wouldn't really address that or even mention it outside of the books". Guess I was wrong.
  • hotversguy

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    Oct 22, 2007 5:49 AM GMT
    why is this news?
  • MarvelClimber

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    Oct 22, 2007 8:19 AM GMT
    hotversguywhy is this news?


    No, this is not on-level with Darfur, but it is newsworthly, and highly relevant to gay culture. This is a book series that will always be remembered. The fact that a major character, one in a position of great intelligence, skill, and admiration by the general community, is gay. The fact that the author is willing to "out" him regardless of backlash from religious groups and less-tolerant parents, demonstrates a great deal of social progress. A book set in a fantasy world still has real-world relevance. Besides addressing human flaws, government corruption, journalistic integrity, etc; Rowling contexualizes love in all its forms, in a way that is easily accessible to kids. When an author can portray love between same sexes as normal, I think we're getting a little closer towards social acceptance. Something seeming so small now, can translate to bigger things in the future: less childhood ridicule, gay bashing, workplace discrimination, anti-marriage legislation.

    Subtext is still newsworthly.
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    Oct 22, 2007 12:02 PM GMT
    There is a big discussion going on about this. Mainly because this gives the far right christian wing more ideas to ban the books. Most of the fans already knew, it was the "is this true?" question that everyone had after the last book. For those of us who teach the series it is great to showcase not only a main character, but a powerful, wise and kind character as part of the gay community. Is it a big deal? yeah we dont have that many gay characters in main stream books that are accepted and respected. Hopefully this will encourage those kids who are told their entire lives that being gay is the worse things they can be, and actually move them to come out in the light of positive characters like Dumbledore.
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    Oct 22, 2007 7:32 PM GMT
    harry pot head? it ain't real news tell me about osama
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    Oct 23, 2007 11:36 AM GMT
    I thought that Haggrad would be outed first...I think I saw him exiting a leather bar in the Village once icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 30, 2007 6:47 PM GMT
    slickguystyleThe fact that the author is willing to "out" him regardless of backlash from religious groups


    What backlash from religious groups, most had already given up on the Harry Potter series of books, because they thought that it was teaching kids witchcraft icon_rolleyes.gif, and the ones that realized that it wasn't, probably don't have a problem with Dumbledore being gay.

    Though I do agree that this is note worthy if not news worthy just because it does mean that we're moving into tolerance. Now we just need a gay costar for a hit tv series that isn't will and grace, and a movie for the BIG screen with a gay dude who isn't portrayed as a whore, idiot, etc.